Proposed changes to school year scheduling

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A proposal from the New York State Education Department could change how your child’s school year is configured.

If passed, instead of the required 180-day school year, there would be hourly requirements for classroom time. The proposal calls for a minimum of 900 instructional hours for full-day kindergarten and grades one through six. For grades 7-12 there would be a minimum of 990 instructional hours.

This would mean half days would count toward the overall hourly requirement.

The proposal could also give districts the flexibility to start the school year before September 1.

The goal is to help districts work around vacation schedules, professional development days and snow days.

There will be a 45-day public comment period. The Board of Regents could take up the proposal at its March 2018 meeting.

For more details about the proposal, click here.

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