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

In September 2018, the Board of Regents adopted a new minimum instruction requirement, which amended the previous requirement of a daily minimum number of hours for each of the 180 days (5.0/5.5 hours) to an annual aggregate number of hours over the period of 180 days in total (900/990 hours). The links below provide additional information for school districts to use in the development of their annual calendars.

Regulation Information:
Final Adopted §175.5 Regulations (Effective July 1, 2018)
Regulation Public Comments and Responses (Consolidated) External Links

Board of Regents Presentations:
September 2018 Memo / Presentation External Links
June 2018 Memo / Presentation External Links
April 2018 Memo / Presentation External Links
December 2017 Memo / Presentation External Links

Model Calendar:
Instructions for Model Calendar Version 2.0 External Links
2018-19 and 2019-20 Model Calendar Spreadsheet Version 2.1 (External Links 411 KB)
(Note: Version 2.1 is for School Districts using a Superindendent's conference day June 27, 2019 to avoid falling below 180 days.)
2018-19 and 2019-20 Model Calendar Spreadsheet Version 2.0 (External Links 300 KB)
(Note: Districts may continue to use Version 1.0 for planning purposes, though 2.0 includes improvements and the 2019-20 school year template.)

Instructional Time Waiver:
The Board of Regents has adopted an emergency amendment to the minimum instructional time requirement regulations instituting a waiver for school districts that cannot meet the minimum instructional hours because of safety and/or scheduling issues.
More information on this process will be forthcoming from the State Aid Office later this summer.

Questions on these documents may be sent to 180days@nysed.gov

Last Updated: July 25, 2019