CCSA Answers: Passing Time and Charter School Instructional Minutes

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November 27, 2017 Question: When does passing time during a charter school day count toward instructional minutes?

Answer: According to the California Department of Education, actual passing time, meaning the amount of time that it takes students to travel from classroom to classroom, may last up to ten minutes and count as instructional time. Passing time in one direction is permitted at lunchtime. Schools may count either student travel time from the classroom to the lunchroom or from the lunchroom back to the classroom. Recess time does not count toward instructional minutes except for kindergarten students. It is important that the amount of time for passing be consistent.

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