How many minutes of instruction are provided in distance learning?

Posted by: 7/29/20

Teachers at a school will work collaboratively to schedule weekly specialty instruction time (music, art, or PE), designated English language development instruction, special education services and intervention/differentiation time within the instructional time noted below. Total instructional time will not exceed the length of a regular school day.

TK & K

  • Minimum 180 daily minutes of instruction (both synchronous and asynchronous) 
  • Minimum 45 minutes daily synchronous instruction

Grades 1-3

  • Minimum 230 daily minutes of instruction (both synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Minimum 55 minutes daily synchronous instruction

Grades 4-6 (self-contained, i.e., students do not switch between teachers)

  • Minimum 240 daily minutes of instruction (both synchronous and asynchronous) 
  • Minimum of 65 minutes daily synchronous instruction

Grades 6-8 (departmentalized, i.e., students DO switch between teachers)

  • Minimum 240 daily minutes of instruction (both synchronous and asynchronous) 
  • Minimum of 15 minutes per day of synchronous instruction per course. 
  • Teachers will create consistent weekly schedules for the daily synchronous instruction

Specialty Instruction (Art, music, PE, etc.) 

  • A minimum of 3-4 classes per day will receive synchronous lessons for a minimum of 20 minutes per class.
  • Three classes per day receive asynchronous learning. 

Middle and High School

Depending on the school’s schedule, minimum daily instructional time varies from 260 (4x4 block schools) to 270 minutes (6-period schools). 

Each period provides for a minimum of 30 minutes of daily synchronous instruction with only certain periods held each day to provide adequate time for instruction in the distance learning model. The first 15 minutes of each period will start with synchronous instruction with a minimum of an additional 15 minutes of instruction during the period’s scheduled time. 

See the 6-period, 4x4 block and 7-period school schedules for more details.

 

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7/29/20