Most school districts follow the school calendar as defined in NDCC 15.1-06. However, there are situations when a district may request a waiver to alter their instructional days and/or time. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction accepts submissions of two types of waivers for this purpose - Reconfiguration of Instructional Days Waiver and High School Unit Instructional Time Waiver.
A Reconfiguration of Instructional Days Waiver (SFN 58170) is required if:
- The school/district calendars do not reflect at least 175 student contact days in the year. This could be because of the inclusion of Professional Development (PD) days; and
- If there are not at least 5.5 hours of instruction time in the elementary school (grades K-8) or 6 hours of instruction time in the high school (grades 9-12) per day, also usually because of the inclusion of PD.
A Waiver of High School Unit Instructional Time (SFN 58169) is required if:
- Reconfiguring the school day drops the hours of required unit time of a course (120 hours in general coursework; 150 hours in Science and CTE courses).
*Note: A school/district may need both waivers if altering their school calendar significantly impacts high school instructional time.