How will North Carolina school districts ensure they have at least 1,025 hours of instruction this fall?
As noted in today's article, Triangle school districts, like those in the rest of the state, are going with 1,025 hours instead of having 185 days of classes. It varies how each district will meet the new requirement, which is up from the old one of 180 days and 1,000 hours.
For instance, school officials in Johnston and Orange counties say they already have more than 1,025 hours of instruction at individual schools. This means they're not expecting to make any bell schedule changes for this fall.
In Durham, the district will go with 181 days to help ensure that it's above 1,025 hours.
As for Wake County, the district is still in the process of surveying individual schools to see whether they need to add more time to the day or can keep their current bell schedule.
It's also not just a case of having 1,025 hours. It's building in enough of a buffer to cover for situations such as Friday and Monday when schools dismissed early or started late.
Mike Charbonneau, a Wake schools' spokesman, said individual schools know they need a buffer to cover things such as recess, lunch, exam time, early releases and late openings.