School Day 6-13

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-13


School Day

The standard school year shall be at least 180 instructional days. The standard school day for students in grades 1 through 12 shall average at least 5 1/2 hours, excluding intermissions for meals, and a minimum of three hours for kindergarten.

The school division may develop alternative schedules for meeting these requirements as long as a minimum of 990 hours of instructional time is provided for grades 1 through 12 and 540 hours for kindergarten. Such alternative plans must be approved by the School Board and by the Board of Education, under guidelines established by the Board of Education. No alternative plan which reduces the instructional time in the core academics shall be approved.

The length of the school day for students shall be determined by the School Board on recommendation of the Superintendent and shall take into consideration, but not be limited to, the ages of the students, the distances to and from school, bus scheduling, safety hazards and time needed to accomplish educational objectives. The Superintendent shall yearly set forth in regulation the actual hours of attendance for each elementary, middle and high school in the division.

Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, § VAC 20-131-10 et seq.

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 6, 1998