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Policy Analysis | February 2, 2015

What are the minimum number of school days per year in SLC member states?

Instructional School Days in SLC Member States

State State Code Section Number of Days Minimum Hours for Instructional Day
Alabama [ALA. CODE § 16-13-231(a)(1) and (b)(1)(c)]
Admin. Code
290-3-1-.02
180 or hourly equivalent 6 hours (Excludes lunch and recess)
Arkansas [ARK. CODE ANN. §
6-16-102; 6-10-
106]
178 6 hours/day or 30 hours/week
Florida [FLA. STAT. ch.
1003.02(1)(g);
1001.42;
1011.61]
180 N/A
Georgia [GA. CODE ANN. § 20-2-168(c); GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-5-1-.02(2) 180 Grades K-3, 4.5 hours; grades 4-5, 5 hours; grades 6-12, 5.5 hours
Kentucky [KY. REV. STAT. ANN. § 158.070; 702 Ky. Admin. Regs. 7:140] 170 (185-day calendar that includes 170 instructional plus four days for professional development) N/A
Louisiana [LA. REV. STAT. ANN. § 17:154; LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28 pt.,CXV § 333, 1103] 177 (Includes two days for staff development) 6 hours (Excludes recess)
Mississippi [MISS. CODE ANN. § 37-13-61, 63,67] 180 5.5 hours
Missouri [MO. REV. STAT. § 160.041, 171.031] N/A N/A
North Carolina [N.C. GEN. STAT. § 115C-84.2(a)(1),(d)] 185 N/A
Oklahoma [OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1-109, 111] 180 6 hours
South Carolina [S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-1-425] 180 (Plus three days for mandatory professional development, up to two days for professional development and up to five days for planning, parent conf., etc. to total 190 days) 6 hours (Elementary includes lunch; secondary excludes lunch)
Tennessee [TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-3004] 180 (Plus five days for in-service and one day for parent-teacher conferences) 6.5 hours
Texas [TEX. EDUC. CODE ANN. § 25.081, 0811, .082 § 29.0822] 180 7 hours (Includes recess and break hours)
Virginia [VA. CODE ANN. § 22.1-79.1, 98; VA. ADMIN. CODE 20-131-150] 180 Kindergarten, 3 hours; grades 1-12, 5.5 hours (excludes recess and lunch)
West Virginia [W. VA. CODE § 18-5-45(b)] 180 Grades K-4, 5.25 hours; grades 5-8, 5.5 hours; grades 9-12, 5.75 hours