page top

red arrow bulletNews

Final MCSD 2018-19 calendar to be approved in July due to regulatory changes regarding minimum attendance requirements

May 15, 2018

In April of 2018, the Board of Regents approved regulations enabling school districts to satisfy state requirements for instructional time in terms of hours, rather than full school days, starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Previously, state law required districts to provide 180 days of instruction with a minimum number of instructional hours per day (5.5 hours for grades 7-12 and 5 hours for grades K-6). Districts falling below the 180-day minimum would lose a portion of state aid for each day missed, even if school was in session for a few hours on a particular “missed day.”

While districts still must provide 180 days of instruction per year, the new regulations enable districts to count hours of instruction towards daily totals.
For example, if school was in session for four hours and then had to dismiss early because of weather concerns, that would not count as an instructional day under current regulations. Under the new regulations, those four hours would count towards instructional time.

The approved regulations are scheduled for final adoption by the Board of Regents at the end of June. Until the regulations have been adopted, Monticello Central School District is unable to finalize or adopt its own calendar. The approval of the district’s 2018-19 calendar is scheduled for the first Board of Education meeting past the Board of Regents’ adoption, which is on July 10.

Immediately following the approval of the 2018-19 calendar, the district will post this information to its website. Please keep an eye on the district’s website for more information and please also know that the district will still mail home a printed calendar to each family with students enrolled in the district prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.