For Immediate Release
Nov. 15, 2016
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 15, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved an official request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 19-20, 2017, as days that school and school activities may not be held.
NDCEL asked the Department of Public Instruction to set aside those days for its annual convention of superintendents and principals in Bismarck. Baesler’s approval will provide time for school administrators to attend professional development training together.
North Dakota law gives the superintendent authority to set aside up to two days during a school year for professional development if requested, as long as the training is “hosted by an educational organization in this state.”
The text of the law is below:
15.1-06-04.1. School district calendar - Limitation.
- A school district may not schedule school-sponsored, school-directed, or school-related activities, including instructional time, during any day that the superintendent of public instruction declares is in conflict with a professional development conference directed toward all teachers or all administrators and hosted by an educational organization in this state.
- The declaration permitted by subsection 1 is limited to two days during a school year.
“Schools are beginning to set their instructional calendars for the 2017-18 school year,” Baesler said. “This information will help our local school officials move forward with that work.”