Florida Senate - 2023                                    SB 1564
       By Senator Stewart
       17-01443-23                                           20231564__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Year-round School Pilot
    3         Program; creating s. 1003.07, F.S.; creating the Year
    4         round School Pilot Program for a period of 4 school
    5         years beginning with a specified school year;
    6         providing the purpose of the program; providing an
    7         application process for school districts seeking to
    8         participate in the program; requiring the Commissioner
    9         of Education to select a certain number of school
   10         districts to participate in the program; providing
   11         requirements for participating school districts;
   12         requiring the commissioner to submit a report to the
   13         Governor and Legislature; providing requirements for
   14         the report; authorizing the State Board of Education
   15         to adopt rules; providing an effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Section 1003.07, Florida Statutes, is created to
   20  read:
   21         1003.07Year-round School Pilot Program.—Beginning with the
   22  2024-2025 school year, the Year-round School Pilot Program is
   23  created for a period of 4 school years. The purpose of the
   24  program is for the Department of Education to assist school
   25  districts in establishing a year-round school program within at
   26  least one elementary school in a district and to study the
   27  issues, benefits, and schedule options for instituting year
   28  round school programs for all students.
   29         (1)(a)School districts shall apply to the Department of
   30  Education, in a format and by a date prescribed by the
   31  department, to participate in the program. The application must
   32  include:
   33         1.The number of students enrolled in the elementary school
   34  or schools that will implement a year-round school program.
   35         2.The academic performance of the students enrolled in
   36  such school or schools.
   37         3.The rate of absenteeism and tardiness of students
   38  enrolled in such school or schools.
   39         4.The commitment of such school’s or schools’
   40  instructional personnel and students to the year-round school
   41  program.
   42         5.An explanation of how the implementation of the year
   43  round school program will benefit the students.
   44         (b)The Commissioner of Education shall select five school
   45  districts to participate in the program. To the extent possible,
   46  the commissioner shall select school districts that represent a
   47  variety of demographics, including, but not limited to, urban,
   48  suburban, and rural school districts.
   49         (2)A school district selected for a year-round school
   50  program shall:
   51         (a)Implement a single-track or multi-track schedule.
   52         (b)Provide data to the department to allow for:
   53         1.An assessment of the academic and safety benefits
   54  associated with establishing a year-round school program.
   55         2.An evaluation of any potential barriers for the school
   56  district upon implementation of a year-round school program,
   57  including, but not limited to:
   58         a.Issues related to the commitment of instructional
   59  personnel and students.
   60         b.The provision of services during the summer months.
   61         c.School district budgeting.
   62         d.Parental engagement and participation.
   63         e.Coordination with community services.
   64         f.Student assessment and progression practices.
   65         g.Student transportation.
   66         3.The consideration of strategies for addressing such
   67  potential barriers.
   68         (3)Upon completion of the program, the commissioner shall
   69  provide a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   70  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report must
   71  include:
   72         (a)The number of students enrolled at participating
   73  schools.
   74         (b)The number of students enrolled at participating
   75  schools before and after the implementation of the year-round
   76  school program.
   77         (c)Any health, academic, and safety benefits for students
   78  or instructional personnel from the implementation of the year
   79  round school program.
   80         (d)An evaluation of any potential barriers for school
   81  districts and families associated with a year-round school
   82  program.
   83         (e)The commissioner’s recommendation on the adoption of
   84  year-round school programs for all students.
   85         (4)The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
   86  administer the program.
   87         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.