Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2024-2025 School Calendar Options

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Assistant Principal; Assistant Superintendent; Communications Manager / Director; Curriculum Coordinators; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); Federal Programs; General Business Managers; Principals; School Counselors; Superintendents

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For the 2024-2025 school year, districts will have four (4) options for establishing a school year calendar.  

            Traditional school calendar pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-10-106; 

            Alternate school calendar pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-10-106 as amended by Act 688 of 2021

            4 Day week school calendar pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-10-117; or

            12 Month/Year Round school calendar pursuant to Ark Code Ann. § 6-10-108.

A district can only implement one (1) type of calendar in a school year.   Districts  will identify their calendar option in the Statewide Information System LEA Profile: District Table during Cycle 7 prior to the school year of implementation. 

The table below and attached information can be used to guide districts in the requirements of each calendar type.

Prior to May 1 to prepare and issue teacher contracts

Stakeholder input regarding calendar option 

Local school board approves the district calendar

Cycle 7 (June 15)

Input selected calendar option in SIS

August 1

District calendar is posted on the district website (Standards for Accreditation 1-A.4)

Attachment shows a comparison between the four options. 

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