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.

2019-20 COVID Closure Reporting (PDF 84 KB)
Instructional Time Waiver Decisions (8 NYCRR ยง175.5(m); November 2019)(PDF 67 KB)

Regulation Information:
Final Adopted §175.5 Regulations (Effective July 17, 2018)
Regulation Public Comments and Responses (Consolidated) (PDF 166 KB)

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 Calendars:
2020-21 School Year Model Calendar(Excel516 KB) โ€“ PROVIDED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY. Not to be uploaded to SAMS, a final 2020-21 calendar will be posted to the web for reporting prior to Summer 2021.
2019-20 School Year Model Calendar (Excel 525 KB) โ€“ to be completed and submitted in 2020-21 SAMS in September 2020 2018-19 School Year Model Calendar (v2.0) (Excel 389 KB) โ€“ was to be completed and submitted in 2019-20 SAMS in September 2019

Troubleshooting Tips for the 180 Day Calendar and Waiver Forms

Questions on these documents may be sent to

Last Updated: December 16, 2020