Signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm into law on October 1, 2007, Public Act 101, MCL380.1284a.
- Be in compliance with sections 1284 and 1284b of the School Aid Act
- Identify the dates for at least the next five years when schools will not be in session for a winter holiday and spring holiday.
Common school calendars were required to be in place for the 2008-2009 school year. Districts operating on a trimester system were allowed to apply for a waiver. School districts that bargained a multi-year calendar prior to the legislation being enacted were not required to implement the common calendar until the calendars that were bargained expire. This legislation also applies to public school academies (charter schools).
Oakland Schools, the intermediate school district serving Oakland County's 28 public school districts, worked in cooperation with the Oakland County Superintendents Association (OCSA) and representatives of the county's public school academies to create a recommendation for the two required holiday breaks to be brought to the Oakland Schools Board of Education on January 15, 2008. In addition to the two legislated breaks, OCSA recommended that those districts with midwinter breaks should schedule them during the third week of February, regardless of their length (currently, these breaks run from two-five school days). This recommendation is reflected in the five year calendar.
On January 15, 2008, the Oakland Schools Board of Education held a hearing on the legislated Common Calendar and later took action on the proposal brought to it by the OCSA at the meeting following the hearing. The Board voted unanimously to adopt the proposed calendar as presented.
On June 1, 2011, the Oakland County Superintendents Association reviewed the Oakland County Common Calendar and voted to shorten the winter break occurring between December and January starting in the 2012/2013 school year. The revised calendars were approved by the Oakland Schools Board of Education at the July 11, 2011 meeting .
The Oakland Schools Board of Education updates the calendar each year by approving a subsequent school year so the calendar always shows five years in the future. The latest calendar approval was June 6, 2016 consisting of school years 2016/2017 through 2020/2021.
To view the current common calendar for Oakland County school districts and public school academies, please click here.