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School Calendar for Instructional Time

Policy TitleSchool Calendar for Instructional Time
Policy CategoryBasic Education Plan (BEPL)
Policy IDBEPL-001
Policy Date2013-11-07
Previous Policy Dates12/03/1985, 10/02/2003

Formerly GCS-G-001

School systems throughout North Carolina will require a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction covering at least nine calendar months. Instructional time is that time during which students are assigned to a teacher for the primary purpose of instruction. Instruction is any activity that leads toward the mastery of specific educational goals as stated in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and local guides.

Though definitely a part of school life, some activities, such as the following, are not considered to be part of instructional time:  changing classes, homeroom, lunch, pep rallies, and school dances. Local boards of education will decide which other activities are instructional, and therefore considered part of the instructional time.  Although the calendar will last a minimum of 1,025 hours or 185 days throughout the state, the length of the school day, which includes additional activities, may vary from school district to school district, from school to school, and even from student to student, if approved by the local board of education.

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