180-16-200 - Total instructional hour requirement

180-16-200. Total instructional hour requirement

(1) Kindergarten total instructional hour requirement -Four hundred fifty hours annual minimum, increased to an annual minimum one thousand instructional hours according to an implementation schedule under RCW 28A.150.315.

(2) Grades 1-12 total instructional hour requirement -District-wide annual average of one thousand hours, increased beginning in the 2015-16 school year to:

(a) At least a district-wide average of one thousand eighty instructional hours for students enrolled in grades nine through twelve and a district-wide annual average of one thousand instructional hours in grades one through eight; or

(b) A district-wide annual average of one thousand twenty-seven instructional hours in grades one through twelve.

(3) For nonhigh school districts, a district-wide annual average of one thousand instructional hours in such grades as are offered by the district.

(4) For the 2020-21 school year, "instructional hours" as defined in RCW 28A.150.205 are not limited to in-person educational services. Local education agencies may count as instructional hours towards the minimum district-wide annual average those hours students are provided the opportunity to engage in educational activity planned by and under the direction of school district staff that are delivered through learning modalities which may include, but are not limited to, distance learning, hybrid classrooms, rotating schedules, or other methods that allow for delivery of basic education services during the COVID-19 epidemic. The following are applicable to the 2020-21 school year:

(a) Nothing in this section supersedes applicable statutory or office of superintendent of public instruction funding allocation requirements;

(b) Days in which instructional hours are offered shall count as school days for the purpose of meeting the minimum one hundred eighty-day school year requirement;

(c) Local education agencies must implement a system consistent with OSPI attendance rules; and

(d) The state board of education will revisit this rule no later than its regularly scheduled July 2021 board meeting.

(Amended by WSR 14-19-032, Filed 9/8/2014, effective 10/9/2014 Amended by WSR 21-05-015, Filed 2/5/2021, effective 3/8/2021)

Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW. 01-24-092, § 180-16-200, filed 12/4/01, effective 1/4/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW and 1995 c 208. 95-20-086, § 180-16-200, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 94-03-104 (Order 5-94), § 180-16-200, filed 1/19/94, effective 2/19/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220, 28A.320.200, 28A.150.260 and 1992 c 141. 92-17-053, § 180-16-200, filed 8/17/92, effective 9/17/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220 and [28A.150.]260. 92-05-047, § 180-16-200, filed 2/13/92, effective 3/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.127 and 28A.41.140. 86-21-020 (Order 15-86), § 180-16-200, filed 10/7/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.58.754(6). 84-11-043 (Order 2-84), § 180-16-200, filed 5/17/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.01.010, 28A.04.120, 28A.41.130, 28A.41.140, 28A.58.754, 28A.58.758, and 1979 ex.s. c 250. 79-10-033 (Order 10-79), § 180-16-200, filed 9/12/79. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.130 and 28A.58.754. 78-06-097 (Order 3-78), § 180-16-200, filed 6/5/78.

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