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Student Learning Time Guidance

Under the Massachusetts Student Learning Time regulations), school committees and charter school boards of trustees are required to schedule a school year of at least 185 days, and schools are required to operate for at least 180 of those days. In addition, elementary school students must be scheduled to receive a minimum of 900 hours of structured learning time per school year, secondary school students must be scheduled to receive a minimum of 990 hours of structured learning time per school year, and kindergarten students must be scheduled to receive a minimum of 425 hours of structured learning time per school year.

The Department recognizes that severe weather, building problems, and other issues can cause schools to close for a day or more. This page includes links to the guidance DESE has issued on waivers to the 180-day requirement, waivers for minimum required learning time, and alternative structured learning time.

Last Updated: March 10, 2020

 
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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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