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Table 4.1. Year-round school policies, by state: 2008
State Policy on year-round schools Number of districts with year-round schools
United States1 17   30 2
Alabama No   1  
Alaska No   (3)  
Arkansas Yes   4 4
California Yes   130  
Colorado No   18  
Connecticut No    
Delaware No   2  
District of Columbia    
Florida Yes   4 5
Georgia No   5  
Hawaii No   (6)  
Idaho No   4  
Illinois Yes   23 districts/94 schools  
Indiana No   6  
Iowa Yes   5  
Kansas No   (7,8)  
Kentucky No   27  
Louisiana No   3  
Maine No   No  
Maryland Yes    
Massachusetts (7)    
Michigan Yes   2 9
Minnesota Yes   134  
Mississippi No    
Missouri10 No   1  
Montana No    
Nebraska No   (3)  
Nevada No   4  
New Hampshire No    
New Jersey No   (7)  
New Mexico Yes   2  
New York No    
North Carolina Yes   19 (12 charter schools)  
North Dakota No   0  
Ohio Yes    
Oklahoma No   4 11
Oregon No   1-2  
Pennsylvania10 Yes    
Rhode Island No    
South Carolina No    
South Dakota Yes    
Tennessee Yes   13 12
Texas Yes   17 13
Utah No   7  
Vermont10 No    
Virginia Yes   7  
Washington No   11  
West Virginia Yes   1  
Wisconsin No   2  
Wyoming No   No  
— Not available.
1 National total reflects the number of "Yes" responses for the column.
2 The total reflects the number of reporting states that have districts operating year-round schools, while the column provides the number of districts with year-round schools in a state.
3 State indicated that some districts with year-round schools existed, but did not indicate number.
4 Arkansas defines year-round schools as no fewer than the number of days required between July 1 and June 30 of each school year and in which no vacation, including summer, lasts more than 6 weeks.
5 Florida defines year-round schools as at least 180 days of instruction versus 8 or 9 consecutive months attendance.
6 There are two elementary schools and two middle schools in Hawaii that operate on a multi-track system; although these schools operate year-round, the multi-track schedule does not operate on a year-round schedule. Different cohorts start and end at different times, but the total number of days for each cohort is the same.
7 State indicated that policies about districts with year-round schools are decided locally.
8 In Kansas, alternative school calendars are approved by the Commissioner of Education.
9 Michigan has an International Baccalaureate academy that provides 1,160 hours of instruction. Summer break in districts with year-round schools can be no greater than 6 weeks.
10 Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Vermont did not participate in the 2008 online survey; data are from the 2006 survey.
11 Oklahoma defines year-round schools as at least 10 months of 4 weeks during which the school will be in session and instruction offered not less than 180 days.
12 Tennessee defines year-round schools as operating on a 200-day calendar.
13 Year-round schools in Texas operate during the greater part of 10 months and up to 12 calendar months of the year.
SOURCE: Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2008, Council of Chief State School Officers, (2009). Data Source