The student school day for grades one through twelve will consist of one of the following: (1) a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days with each day having a minimum of six (6) hours of instruction or (2) one thousand eighty (1080) hours of instruction. Instructional time is considered time during which the school or District is in session and students are under the guidance and instruction of the instructional professional staff. Lunch periods will not be counted as part of instructional time. Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences and passing time will be counted as part of instructional time.
If the District chooses a minimum one hundred eighty (180) day school year, the District may record a day of school with less than the minimum of six (6) hours of instruction if one of the following circumstances exists:
- emergency health or safety factors request the late arrival or early dismissal of students on a specific day;
- if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve for any five (5) consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty (30) hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the professional instructional staff or because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day; or
- if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve for the first four (4) consecutive days equal at least thirty (30) hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the District may record zero (0) hours of instructional time on the fifth (5th) consecutive school day as a school day.
Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the Superintendent. The Board may amend the official school calendar when the Board considers the change to be in the best interests of the District’s educational program.