By statute, Indiana schools at the elementary level are required to provide students with 300 minutes [five hours] of instructional time each day. These minutes cannot include time for lunch or recess. Secondary schools are required to provide students with 360 minutes [six hours] of instructional time.
180-Day School Year
In 1987, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law that extended the school year to 180 days. Before the law was passed and schools were required to make up lost days, Indiana high school graduates went to school the fewest number of days during their 13 years of schooling of students in any state in the United States. In fact, Indiana and Hawaii were the only states that did not reschedule canceled instructional days at that time.
Since that law was passed, schools are required to complete 180 full instructional days, based on the instructional time requirements described above. In the event of emergency weather conditions, schools are allowed a maximum of 120 minutes for a delayed arrival or an early dismissal. Anything beyond that amount of lost instructional time is not considered a full instructional day and the day cannot count as one of the 180 required instructional days.