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Section 175.5 Length of School Day

Current through March 31, 2010.

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ยง 175.5 Length of school day and use of superintendents' conference days for State aid purposes.

  1. Commencing with the 1999-2000 school year, no day on which the schools of any school district or board of cooperative educational services are in session may be included for the purpose of apportionment of State aid unless such schools were in session for not less than the following number of hours:
    1. The daily sessions for pupils in half-day kindergarten shall be a minimum of two and one-half hours including time spent by students in actual instructional or supervised study activities and including hourly units of time spent by all teachers and other instructional staff within a grade level or school building attending upon staff development activities relating to implementation of new high learning standards and assessments as authorized by section 3604(8) of the Education Law.
    2. The daily sessions for pupils in full-day kindergarten and grades one through six shall be a minimum of five hours including time spent by students in actual instructional or supervised study activities, exclusive of time allowed for lunch, and including hourly units of time spent by all teachers and other instructional staff within a grade level or school building attending upon staff development activities relating to implementation of new high learning standards and assessments as authorized by section 3604(8) of the Education Law.
    3. The daily sessions for pupils in grades seven through 12 shall be a minimum of five and one-half hours including time spent by students in actual instructional or supervised study activities, exclusive of time allowed for lunch, and including hourly units of time spent by all teachers and other instructional staff within a grade level or school building attending upon staff development activities relating to implementation of new high learning standards and assessments as authorized by section 3604(8) of the Education Law.
  2. The provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall not apply to school days during which a session of less than the minimum number of hours is conducted because of extraordinary adverse weather conditions, impairment of heating facilities, insufficiency of water supply, shortage of fuel, destruction of a school building, or such other cause as may be found satisfactory by the commissioner.
  3. The provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall not apply to schools which operate on double or overlapping sessions, provided the written approval of the commissioner to operate such sessions has been obtained prior to the scheduling of such sessions for any school year, and provided further that each such session shall consist of not less than the following number of hours:
    1. The daily sessions for pupils in half-day kindergarten shall be a minimum of two hours.
    2. The daily sessions for pupils in full-day kindergarten and grades one through six shall be a minimum of four hours, exclusive of the time allowed for lunch.
    3. The daily sessions for pupils in grades 7 through 12 shall be a minimum of four and one-half hours, exclusive of the time allowed for lunch.
  4. The provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall not apply where the prior written approval of the commissioner has been obtained to operate, in a given school year, daily sessions of varying lengths, provided that the total number of hours during which the school is in session each week is not less than the product of the number of school days in each week multiplied by the minimum number of hours required for a daily session pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section.
  5. The provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall not apply where the prior written approval of the commissioner has been obtained to conduct, in a given school year, an experimental or alternative program involving daily sessions consisting of fewer hours than would otherwise be required by the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section.
  6. Use of superintendents' conference days.
    1. Superintendents' conference days providing staff development activities that are related to implementation of the new high learning standards and assessments, general staff orientation, curriculum development, in-service education and/or parent-teacher conferences and that are for a minimum daily session as defined in subdivision (a) of this section shall be considered one superintendents' conference day authorized pursuant to section 3604(8) of the Education Law, provided that such conference days occur on days when the regular day schools of the school district may legally be in session, and provided further that such conference days may not be scheduled for routine school administrative matters such as the grading of assignments, the preparation of pupil assignments, record-keeping or the preparation of lesson plans.
    2. Superintendents' conference days providing staff development activities that are related to implementation of new high learning standards and assessments, and are based on a planned schedule for such conferences as adopted by the board of education at the beginning of the school year, may be used in hourly units totaling no more than five hours for each of the conference days authorized by section 3604(8) of the Education Law in conjunction with daily scheduled hours of pupil instruction and supervised study pursuant to subdivision (a) of this section in order to satisfy the minimum length of school day.
    3. Superintendents' conference days providing staff development activities either before or after a regularly scheduled daily session of pupil instruction and supervised study that are related to implementation of new high learning standards and assessments and are based on a planned schedule for such conferences as adopted by the Board of Education at the beginning of the school year, may be used in hourly units totaling no more than five hours for each of the conference days authorized by section 3604(8) of the Education Law. A total of five hours of such staff development activities shall be considered one superintendents' conference day authorized pursuant to section 3604(8) of the Education Law.