HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-152

Requested Information
The Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.03.02.12 defines the high school year as 180 days with a minimum requirement of 1,170 hours during a ten-month period. On a normal high school day, students begin classes at 7:25 AM and end classes at 2:10 PM. Between their classes, they have five minute transition periods. Additionally, they have a 30 minute lunch period every day. We would like to know what parts of the day (including transitions? including lunch periods?) HCPSS considers as a part of the mandated annual 1,170 hours.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
HCPSS total pupil attendance days and hours for SY2019 as reported to the Maryland State Department of Education following the adoption of the calendar in December 2017. Per the HCPSS bell schedule at the high school level – 7:25am to 2:10pm – each high school is open 6 hours and 45 minutes or 6.75, with early dismissal days totaling 3.75 (13 of the 180 days), totaling 1176 hours for SY2019.

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