Modified:  9 May 2019

Approved: 7 August 2019

Term of Instruction:

School Year

Length of school year—

The schools of the District shall be in operation for at least 180 instructional days and at least 990 instructional hours during each school year, except as follows:

  1. Grade 1 must have a minimum of 810 hours and 180 days.
  2. The Board may reallocate up to 32 instructional hours or 4 school days for teacher preparation time or professional development by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board in a properly noticed and held public meeting. If a reallocation is made, parents and guardians shall be notified of the school calendar at least 90 days before the beginning of the school year.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(1) (October 16, 2018)

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-6(6) (October 16, 2018) 

Utah Code § 53F-2-102(4)(d) (2019)

The required days and hours of instruction may be provided at any time during the school year as determined by the Board. The Board will approve school calendars providing for instructional time and days in an open meeting.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(2) (October 16, 2018)

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-11(4)(h) (October 16, 2018)

If a school is using a modified 45-day/15-day year-round schedule initiated prior to July 1, 1995, it is considered to be in compliance with State Board of Education regulations if the school’s schedule includes a minimum of 990 hours of instructional time in a minimum of 172 days.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-11(2) (October 16, 2018)

Semester basis—

The District shall operate on a quarter or semester basis and shall adhere to the requirements of the appropriate curriculum prepared by the State Board of Education.

Beginning date—

Student attendance for the first semester of the regular school term shall be established by the Board pursuant to a calendar adopted annually.

Emergency/Activity days—

The annual school calendar adopted by the Board shall include exigency time for closures for emergencies, activities, or extreme weather conditions. If school is closed for these or any other reason, the instructional time missed shall be made up under the exigency time so that the minimum school program instructional requirements are met.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(3)(a) (October 16, 2018)

Parent-teacher and Student plan conferences—

With Board approval, schools may conduct parent-teacher and student Plan for College and Career Readiness conferences during the day and the time for those conferences may be counted as instructional time up to the equivalent of three full school days or 16.5 hours during a school year.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(6)(c) (October 16, 2018)

Kindergarten assessment—

The Board may designate up to 12 instructional days at either or both the beginning or end of the school year for assessment of students entering or completing kindergarten. Assessments shall be conducted by qualified school employees. The assessment time per student must be adequate to justify the amount of instructional time used for assessment. Such action must be taken in a properly noticed public meeting and the parents or guardians of these students shall be given notice and an explanation of the assessment well in advance of the assessment period.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(6)(e), (f) (October 16, 2018)