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Minutes of Instruction

R-1—Elementary (typically self-contained)—Each elementary student receives regular instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, comprehensive health, art, music, and physical education. In K-8 elementary schools, students will have access to a total of four (4) exploratory classes.

  1. Each elementary student will receive regular instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, comprehensive health, and career awareness education. Instruction in each of the core areas will reflect the current version of Missouri’s academic standards.
  1. Each elementary student will receive instruction in art, music, and physical education for a minimum of fifty (50) minutes in each area each week (twenty-five (25) minutes in each area for half-day kindergarten classes). These classes shall be taught by teachers with appropriate certification.
  1. If the district is a K-7 or K-8 elementary district, the following must also be addressed:
  1. Beginning no later than seventh grade, regular instruction in the United States and Missouri Constitutions and American History and Institutions will be provided (as required by section 170.011, RSMo).
  1. Students in grades 7-8 will have access to a total of four (4) exploratory classes (e.g., speech, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, industrial technology, world languages, and computer literacy). Each class is taught for a minimum of one thousand two hundred (1,200) minutes each year.
  1. Elementary school students shall have a minimum of one (1) recess period of twenty (20) minutes per day, which may be incorporated into the lunch period (as required by section 167.720, RSMo).
  1. The school district ensures that students in elementary schools participate in moderate physical activity for the entire school year for an average of one hundred fifty (150) minutes per week, or thirty (30) minutes per day. Students with disabilities must participate to the extent appropriate (as required by section 167.720, RSMo).
  1. School districts may offer virtual instruction (e.g., intranet and Internet methods) that may take place outside of the regular school district facility (as described by section 162.1250, RSMo).
  1. School districts may offer department-approved gifted education services (as described by sections 167.675, RSMo, 162.720, RSMo, and 163.031.4(7)(c), RSMo).

Recommended Minutes of Instruction for Elementary School

R-2—Junior High/Middle School (typically departmentalized)—Each junior high/middle school student will receive regular instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, career education, health, and physical education and will have access to art and music plus four (4) exploratory classes. Students in grades 7-8 will have regular instruction in United States and Missouri Constitutions and American History and Institutions.

  1. English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies are scheduled and taught to all students for at least nine hundred (900) minutes each week in the aggregate (or one thousand eight hundred (1,800) minutes every two (2) weeks).
  1. Physical education is scheduled and taught to all students for a minimum of three thousand (3,000) minutes each year and comprehensive health and safety education is scheduled and taught to all students for a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) minutes each year.
  1. Art and music are scheduled and taught so that all students have access to each for a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) minutes each year.
  1. Students in grades 7-8 will have access to a total of four (4) exploratory classes (e.g., speech, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, industrial technology, world languages, and computer literacy). Each class is taught for a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) minutes each year.
  1. Beginning no later than seventh grade, regular instruction in the United States and Missouri Constitutions and American History and Institutions will be provided (as required by section 170.011, RSMo).
  1. School districts may offer virtual instruction (e.g., intranet and Internet methods) that may take place outside of the regular school district facility (as described by section 162.1250, RSMo).
  1. School districts may offer department-approved gifted education services (as described by sections 167.675, RSMo, 162.720, RSMo, and 163.031.4(7)(c), RSMo).

R-3—High School—Each high school provides all students in grades 9-12 sufficient access to content required to meet the minimum graduation credit requirements and meets the specific needs of students and communities. Content areas must include: English language arts, mathematics, science, department-approved career education (e.g., agriculture education), social studies, world languages, fine arts (art and music), physical education, health, practical arts, and personal finance, as appropriate for each high school.

  1. School districts may offer virtual instruction (e.g., intranet and Internet methods) that may take place outside of the regular school district facility (as described by section 162.1250, RSMo).
  1. Students will have access to postsecondary preparation (e.g., Advanced Courses, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Technical Skills Attainment, Dual Enrollment, and Dual Credit).
  1. School districts may offer department-approved gifted education services (as described by sections 167.675, RSMo, 162.720, RSMo, and 163.031.4(7)(c), RSMo).

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