THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY GROVE, BEAR, BOYD, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, GINGRICH, KAUFFMAN, MILNE, RAPP, STERN AND SWANGER, JANUARY 26, 2011
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, JANUARY 26, 2011
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in terms and courses of study,
further providing for minimum number of days and school
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1501 of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949,
amended June 30, 1980 (P.L.279, No.80), is amended to read:
Section 1501. Minimum Number of Days; School Month.--(a)
All public kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools shall
be kept open each school year for at least one hundred eighty
(180) days of instruction for pupils.
(b) (1) No days on which the schools are closed shall be
counted as days taught[, and no time shall be counted as a pupil
session for any activity to which admission is charged].
(2) Educational experiences sanctioned by a school,
including field trips or other experiences, that are paid for
wholly or in part by students, parents or guardians shall be
counted as instructional time for the purposes of this section.
(c) No school district shall be required to change its
graduation schedule or require graduating students to return to
school after graduation to make up class days lost due to severe
weather conditions or, in the school year 1979-1980 for
situations beyond the control of the school district as a result
of major construction and renovation to the school building.
(d) No district which makes a bona fide effort as determined
by the Secretary of Education to provide one hundred eighty
(180) days of instruction for graduating students shall receive
less subsidy payments or reimbursements than it would otherwise
be entitled to receive on account of the school year because of
the provisions of this section.
(e) Unless otherwise provided by this act, the board of
school directors in any district or joint board may keep such
other schools or departments as it may establish open during
such time as it may direct.
(f) Twenty days of actual teaching shall constitute a school
Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011, or
immediately, whichever is later.