NYSED approves changes to give school districts more control over schedules

April 12, 2018 08:57 AM

Changes are coming to schools in our area after the New York State Board of Regents approved changes that allow districts to have more control over schedules.

One big change -- measuring school time by hours rather than days. 

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Before this change, if students had a half day for something like a snow day, that day would not count at all. This new change allows those days to count.

Elementary school students will be required to be in school 900 hours, and middle and high schoolers will be required to reach 990 hours.

Gene Mancuso, president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents, says parents will not see any major changes for the upcoming school year. These changes are likely to impact the 2019-20 school year. 

"By eliminating the daily minimum hours requirement, I agree that districts will gain flexibility in scheduling non-instructional time, such as lunch, recess, and parent-teacher conferences," Mancuso said. "Many districts in Monroe County already provide instruction above the minimum amount requirement and now those hours will count. Consistent with the current law, superintendent conference days and partial days are more clearly articulated in the new regulation."

Mancuso also said in the future, some districts may explore starting school before Labor Day. Also, the State Board of Regents is reviewing how to compress the testing schedule and phase out some end-of-year exams. No decision on that has been made.


Kaci Jones

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