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The MSAD #11 Board believes that direct contact between teachers and students is essential to student learning and achievement. It is the MSAD #11 Board’s intent to provide for each level in the student body maximum instructional time within the instructional day.
For the purpose of this policy, “instructional day” means a school day during which both students and teachers are present, either in a school or in another setting, and “instructional time” is the portion of the school day that is devoted to the teaching-learning process. Instructional time is not considered to include homeroom periods, opening exercises, recess, lunchtime, passing times, extracurricular activities, and the like.
The number of school days shall meet or exceed the State requirement and be set annually by the MSAD #11 Board and included in the school calendar. Abbreviated days to be included for in-service, conferences, etc., shall be kept to a minimum.
A. High School Level
The instructional day shall consist of 4 teaching periods, each 80 minutes in length. Double or continuous laboratory periods, block scheduling, and the like, may be approved by the Superintendent. Appropriately-conducted study halls, individually scheduled for the needs of the students, shall be recognized as within the instructional day. The school year shall include at least 963 instructional hours.
B. Middle School Level
The instructional day shall consist of 6 hours and 0 minutes, appropriately divided and scheduled according to the school unit’s middle school philosophy. The school year shall include at least 1030 instructional hours.
C. Elementary School Level
The instructional day for grades one and higher shall consist of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The school year shall include at least 1138 instructional hours.
Instructional time for kindergarten shall be _____per session for _____ days.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA § 4801
Ch. 125 § 6.01 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)
Adopted: Prior to 1985
Revised: August 7, 1986; February 3, 1994; May 3, 2007