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900/990 Hour Requirement Information (Effective Beginning with the 2018-19 School Year)

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Guidance on Impact of Revised Regents Examination Schedule on Hourly Instructional and 180 Session Day Requirement

Juneteenth 2021-22 School Year Calendar Planning
General Construction Law §24 provides rules for holiday observance: Section 24 stipulates that any holiday that falls on a Sunday is observed on the Monday after. For example, Juneteenth falls on Sunday, June 19 in 2022, and will be observed on Monday the 20th. The law does not require that holidays falling on a Saturday are observed on a Friday. In 2021, June 19 falls on a Saturday, so districts are not obligated to close for this holiday.

The 2021 regents examination notice specifies that no exams were scheduled on Friday, June 18, 2021 “to allow for the weekday observance of the Juneteenth holiday.” Friday, June 18 is still an allowable session day, so it is up to the discretion of the district to close in observance or not.

Remote Snow Day Pilot for 2020-21 School Year

As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to provide districts with flexibility in meeting local needs during the pandemic, the Department is establishing a one-year pilot to enable school districts, at district option, and consistent with each district’s re-opening educational plan, to pivot to remote instruction to provide continuity of instruction on what would otherwise be a day of school closure due to a snow emergency.  This pilot is in effect for the 2020-21 school year, after which the Department will review the outcome of the pilot in determining whether to continue this flexibility in subsequent school years.

Districts may now submit COVID-19 Minimum Instructional Time Waivers in SAMS 2020-2021 Claim Year.  For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, school districts may apply for a waiver from the minimum instructional hour requirement if, as a result of an Executive Order(s) of the Governor pursuant to the State of emergency declared for the COVID-19 crisis, or pursuant to Education Law 11 §3604(8), as amended by Chapter 107 of the Laws of 2020, or reopening procedures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the district is unable to meet the requirement in either or both school years.

Districts may now submit 2019-2020 School Year Calendars in SAMS 2020-2021 Claim Year. 2019-20 School Year Model Calendar (Excel 525 KB)

2019-20 COVID Closure Reporting (PDF doc 84 KB)

Clarification on 180-day Requirements in Light of Executive Orders 3/30/2020. For further questions regarding the 180 day requirement, please email More information and guidance for other State Education program areas can be found on SED’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page(s).

Additional Guidance on Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State

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