303R - Length of School Day

The school day for students in grades K-12 shall be not less than 5 ½ instructional hours, exclusive of meals and recess, as provided for in the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia. 
  1. Meals

    Students shall be provided with an unencumbered lunch period of not less than twenty (20) minutes, daily. Teachers, paraprofessionals and non-exempt staff based in schools shall be provided with an unencumbered lunch period equivalent to that provided students. 

  2. Recess

    Students at the elementary school level shall be provided with a daily recess, as determined appropriate by the school. Such recess shall consist of free-play and shall not be withheld from students for purposes of discipline. 

  3. Operating Hours

    • Elementary Schools shall be in session from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm during the school year.

    • Middle Schools shall be in session from 7:55 am to 2:45 pm during the school year. 

    • High schools shall be in session from 7:55 am to 2:30 pm during the school year. 

  4. Work Hours    

    Principals shall establish expected arrival and departure times for licensed teaching staff that assure the safety of students while on school property. All other staff shall have their work hours established according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
 
Legal Reference(s):
8VAC 20-131-5

8VAC 20-131-150


Adopted: September 30, 2010
Amended: September 30, 2015