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Accreditation Standard #4.5
School Conforms to Florida Compulsory Attendance Law

The school allocates and guards instructional time within the school day and school calendar in order to maximize time on task and student learning, conforming the school year to the Florida Compulsory School Attendance Law and the interpretation of that Law by the FLDOE.

Explanatory Standards (ES)

    1. For compliance with the Florida Compulsory School Attendance Law, the school is in session for a minimum of 170 days per academic year.

    2. For compliance with the Florida Compulsory School Attendance Law, the school is in session for a minimum of the following instructional hours in each of the following grade categories per academic year:

      • Kindergarten: 540 hours
      • Grades 1–3: 720 hours
      • Grades 4–12: 900 hours

      Note: the FLDOE increasingly loosens its interpretation of the law to allow for a multiplicity of delivery systems, including schools offering a blend of classroom, internet, and home education. However, the above instructional hours must be accomplished on the actual school site when a school participates in one of the Florida scholarship programs, i.e. McKay, Step Up, VPK.

      There is no state statute regulating minimum instructional hours for awarding high school credit. The rule for public schools in Florida is a minimum of 135 hours of instruction to award one credit. The state university system generally uses the 135 hours definition for evaluating high school credits earned because of that stipulated number of minimum hours for Florida public school.