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) PDF

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 PDF
2018-19 and 2019-20 Model Calendar Spreadsheet Version 2.1 (Excel 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 (Excel 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.
The waiver may now be accessed through SAMS, and is due for all future years by November 15, 2019.
Instructions are available!

Troubleshooting Tips for the 180 Day Calendar and Waiver Forms

Instructional Time Waiver Training (Powerpoint 75 KB)

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

Last Updated: October 15, 2019