Minimum number of hours per school day


Minimum number of hours per school day

April 2018


There are many exceptions to instructional time requirements across states and not all of them are indicated in this 50-State Comparison. View the full instructional time database here. If you have questions or comments, please contact Sarah Pompelia at spompelia@ecs.org.

 

Minimum number of hours per school day
Alabama 6 hours

Notes: Excludes lunch and recess.

Citations: Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1-.02
Alaska Grades 1-3 ~ 4 hours
Grades 4-12 ~ 5 hours

Notes: Excludes intermissions.

Citations: AS § 14.03.040
Arizona N/A
Arkansas 6 hours/day
30 hours/week

Citations: A.C.A. § 6-16-102
California Kindergarten ~ 3 hours
Grades 1-3 ~ 3.83 hours
Grades 4-12 ~ 4 hours

Notes: State specifies instructional time in minutes.

Citations: West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 46112, 46113, 46114, 46117, 46141
Colorado N/A
Connecticut N/A

Notes: Districts may count up to 7 hours/day toward the total required for the year.

Citations: C.G.S.A. § 10-16
Delaware 3.5 hours

Notes: Excludes lunch.

Citations: 14 Del.C. § 1049
District of Columbia Grades 1-12 ~ 6 hours

Notes: Includes lunch and recess.

Citations: D.C. Mun. Regs. Subt. 5-A, § A2100.3
Florida N/A
Georgia Grades K-3 ~ 4.5 hours
Grades 4-5 ~ 5 hours
Grades 6-12 ~ 5.5 hours

Citations: Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-5-1-.02
Hawaii N/A
Idaho District option

Citations: I.C. § 33-512
Illinois Half-day K ~ 2 hours
Full-day K-1 ~ 4 hours
Grades 2-12 ~ 5 hours

Citations: 105 ILCS 5/18-8.05(F)
Indiana Grades 1-6 ~ 5 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 6 hours

Citations: IC 20-30-2-2
Iowa Grades 1-12 ~ 6 hours/day or 30 hours/week

Notes: Excludes lunch. Includes parent-teacher conferences and passing periods.

Citations: I.C.A. § 256.7
Kansas 5 hours

Citations: K.S.A. 72-3120
Kentucky 6 hours

Citations: KRS § 158.060
Louisiana Grades 1-12 ~ 6 hours

Notes: Excludes lunch, recess, passing periods and parent-teacher conferences. State specifies instructional time in minutes.

Citations: LSA-R.S. 17:154.1
La. Admin Code. tit. 28, Pt CXV, § 333
Maine Kindergarten ~ 2.5 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 5 hours

Notes: Minumum length of a day is 3 hours, but the average over a 2-week period must be at least 5 hours.

Citations: 05-071 CMR Ch. 125, § 6.02
Maryland N/A

Notes: Schools must be open for pupil attendance for at least 3 hours.

Citations: MD Code, Education, § 7-103
Massachusetts N/A
Michigan N/A
Minnesota N/A
Mississippi 5.5 hours/day

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-67
Missouri 5-day week ~ 3 hours/day
4-day week ~ 4 hours/day

Citations: V.A.M.S. 160.041
Montana N/A
Nebraska N/A
Nevada Kindergarten ~ 2 hours
Grades 1-2 ~ 4 hours
Grades 3-6 ~ 5 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 5.5 hours

Notes: Includes recess and time between lessons. Excludes lunch.

Citations: Nev. Admin. Code 387.131
New Hampshire Elementary schools ~ 5.75 hours
Middle and high schools ~ 6 hours

Notes: May include up to 30 minutes of recess per day for elementary schools.

Citations: N.H. Code Admin. R. 306.18
New Jersey Full-day K ~ 2.5 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 4 hours

Citations: N.J.A.C. 6A:32–8.3
New Mexico Half-day K ~ 2.5 hours
Full-day K-6 ~ 5.5 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 6 hours

Citations: N. M. S. A. 1978, § 22-2-8.1
New York Half-day K ~ 2.5 hours
Full-day K-6 ~ 5 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 5.5 hours

Citations: Rules of the Regents and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education 175.5
North Carolina N/A
North Dakota Half-day K ~ 2.75 hours
Full-day K ~ 5.5 hours
Elementary ~ 5.5 hours
High School ~ 6 hours

Citations: NDCC § 15.1-22-02 NDCC § 15.1-06-04
Ohio N/A

Citations: R.C. § 3313.48
Oklahoma 6 hours

Citations: 70 Okl.St.Ann. § 1-109
Oregon N/A

Notes: Oregon sets maximum, rather than minimum, hours/day: Grades K-8 ~ 8 hours, Grades 9-12 ~ 8.5 hours.

Citations: OAR 581-022-2320
Pennsylvania Kindergarten ~ 2.5 hours
Grades 1-8 ~ 5 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 5.5 hours

Citations: 22 Pa. Code § 11.3
22 Pa. Code § 51.61
Rhode Island Kindergarten ~ 5.5 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 6 hours

Citations: Gen.Laws 1956, § 16-99-3 Gen.Laws 1956, § 16-2-2
South Carolina 6 hours

Notes: Includes lunch for elementary schools. Excludes lunch for secondary schools.

Citations: Code 1976 § 59-1-425
South Dakota N/A

Citations: SDCL § 13-26-1
Tennessee Kindergarten ~ 4 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 6.5 hours

Citations: T. C. A. § 49-6-201 T. C. A. § 49-6-3004
Texas 7 hours

Citations: V.T.C.A., Education Code § 29.0822
Utah Kindergarten ~ 2 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 4 hours

Citations: U.A.C. R277-419
Vermont Kindergarten ~ 2 hours/day or 10 hours/week
Grades 1-2 ~ 4 hours/day or 20 hours/week
Grades 3-8 ~ 5.5 hours/day or 27.5 hours/week
Grades 9-12 ~ 5.5 hours/day or 27.5 hours/week

Notes: Includes recess and excludes lunch for grades 1-8. Excludes recess and lunch for grades 9-12.

Citations: Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices 2312
Virginia Kindergarten ~ 3 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 5.5 hours

Notes: Excludes recess and lunch.

Citations: 8 VAC 20-131-150
Washington N/A
West Virginia Grades K-5 ~ 5.25 hours
Grades 6-8 ~ 5.5 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 5.75 hours

Citations: W. Va. Code, § 18-5-45
Wisconsin N/A
Wyoming N/A

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