School schedules

By law, Hawaii's public schools must meet minimum student hours, which is defined as time spent during the full school day in alignment with the state's General Learner Outcomes.

​​​​​Background

Per Act 167, schools are required to implement a 180-day school year that includes 1080 hours beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Those hours include all times that students are on campus, including recess and lunch. The following chart depicts instructional time requirements pursuant to changes made by Act 21:​

School Year

Elementary
Schools

Secondary
Schools

2015-2016

A minimum of 915 student hours (302A-251(b)(2), HRS)

180 days, excluding professional development days and other non-instructional days negotiated pursuant to chapter 89, HRS (302A-251(a), HRS)

A minimum of 990 student hours (302A-251(c), HRS)

180 days, excluding professional development days and other non-instructional days negotiated pursuant to chapter 89, HRS (302A-251(a), HRS)

2016-2017 and forward

A minimum of 1080 student hours (302A-251(d), HRS)

180 days, excluding professional development days and other non-instructional days negotiated pursuant to chapter 89, HRS (302A-251(d), HRS)

A minimum of 1080 student hours (302A-251(d), HRS)​

180 days, excluding professional development days and other non-instructional days negotiated pursuant to chapter 89, HRS (302A-251(d), HRS)


Please note:  The hour requirements as listed in the law represent the minimum number of required hours.  Schools may include more hours, provided that the total amount of time does not violate the relevant Collective Bargaining Agreement.    

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