School Approval Waivers

Waivers for Snow Days 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:175 days for students in grades K-11 and 170 days for seniors.
Per Maine Chapter 125 Section 6.02, School Week and Instructional Days: School Week - A school week is the five days Monday through Friday. Exceptions occur when schools are closed because of holidays, inclement weather, or other extenuating circumstances. Instructional Day - An average instructional day is five hours in length, and each instructional day is a minimum of three hours in length. A school need not be in session the same number of hours each day provided that the total amount of instructional time in any two consecutive school weeks is an average of five hours per day. Plans to use school days of varying numbers of hours shall be reflected in the Comprehensive Education Plan. The instructional day may be extended for students who need more than the minimum day to meet the content standards of the system of Learning Results, or additional standards established by the school board.
Yes, provided that in any two-week period, the average school day is at five hours before the extended hours are added.
No.
Yes. Provided the district has made every effort to make up lost school days through reasonable avenues.
Yes. Provided the district has made every effort to make up lost school days through reasonable avenues.
The School Board should submit a written request to the Commissioner. The School Board or designee should submit a waiver request as soon as possible.