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Block Scheduling

Many school districts have adopted, or have expressed interest in adopting, a block schedule.  State Board of Education policy requires that each single class period must meet for a minimum of 7830 minutes (45 minutes per period for 174 days) for each unit of credit issued.  A block of 2 periods, then, must meet for a minimum of 90 minutes for 87 days.  Any district planning a block schedule in which each block will meet for less than 7830 minutes a year must receive a special waiver from the Commissioner of Education.  Also, the Commissioner must give a waiver to any middle school/junior high school which offers a block schedule that provides for less than 900 minutes per week of instruction, in the aggregate, in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

School districts interested in applying for a waiver should complete an application form and return it to

Mr. John Weber
Director, Missouri School Improvement Program
MO Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480
(573) 751-4426

Note on downloading pdf files
Middle School Block Schedule Application (pdf) High School Block Schedule Application (pdf)


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of School Improvement - Missouri School Improvement Program
Email: webreplyimprmsip@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-4426 Fax: 573-526-0651

Revised: February 11, 2004

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