- 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 February 19, 2019 the Oakland Schools Board of Education approved the amendment to the Oakland County Common Calendar to move the spring break up a week starting with the 2019-2020 school year. This provides a week between spring break and the MDE's testing schedule. Because the calendar showed five years out, districts were given until the 2023-24 school year to adopt the change.
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 15 2021, to update the calendar through 2027/2028.