Adopted 11-18-75
Revised 10-8-03; 02-9-16; 11-14-18

Length of School Year

In accordance with the State Board of Education, the minimum uniform school program to be provided in the various districts of the State shall include a school term of nine months, which will consist of at least 990 hours of instruction, except as follows:

  1. Grade 1 must have a minimum of 810 hours and 180days.
  2. The Board may reallocate up to 32 instructional hours or four (4) school days for teacher preparation time or professional development by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board in a properly noticed and held public meeting. If areallocation is made, parents and guardians shall be notified of the school calendar at least 90 days before the beginning of the school year.
    Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(1) (December 8, 2017)
    Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-6(6) (December 8, 2017) 
    Utah Code ยง 53F-2-102(7) (2018)
    Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(2) (December 8, 2017)
    Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-11(4)(h) (December 8, 2017)

 Semester Basis

The District shall operate on a quarter or semester basis and shall adhere to the requirements of the appropriate curriculum prepared by the State Board of Education.

Beginning Date

Student attendance for the first semester of the regular school term shall be established by the Board pursuant to a calendar adopted annually.

Emergency/Activity Days

The annual school calendar adopted by the Board shall include unforeseen time for closures such as emergencies, activities, or extreme weather conditions. If school is closed for these or any other reasons, the instructional time missed shall be made up so that the minimum school program instructional requirements are met.

                  Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(3)(a) (December 8, 2017)

Parent-Teacher and SEOP Conference

With Board approval, schools may conduct parent-teacher and SEOP conferences during the day and the time for those conferences may be counted as instructional time up to the equivalent of three full school days or 16.5 hours during a school year.Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(6)(c) (December 8, 2017)

 Kindergarten Assessment

The Board may designate up to 12 instructional days at either or both the beginning or end of the school year for assessment of students entering or completing kindergarten. Assessments shall be conducted by qualified school employees. The assessment time per student must be adequate to justify the amount of instructional time used for assessment. Such action must be taken in a properly noticed public meeting and the parents or guardians of these students shall be given notice and an explanation of the assessment well in advance of the assessment period.

Utah Admin. Rules R277-419-4(6)(e), (f) (December 8, 2017)


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