I'm curious what state everyone works in and how many school days are in your calendar year? I'm always surprised at how different the summer vacations are in length. So, what state and how many days with kids per year?

Ohio. My contract is for 193 days, that included evening Parent Teacher conferences, and start of the year days with luncheons, etc, and end of the year clean up days. We are finished on the 22nd of May. Whoot.

I'm in Louisiana. We have 166 student days and 172 contract days. But our schools days are very long. It always amazes me when I hear about students in school for so few hours a day.

I'll add our school hours here. Staff Reports 8:10, Children Report 8:35 - 8:50. Children dismissed 3:35, Staff dismissed 3:50.

NJ: 180 dys for the kids, 184 for the staff. Our contracted hours are 7:25-2:25. Hours for students are 7:35-2:25.

Colorado, but it varies heavily by district. In my district, students are in school for 174 days, teachers are contracted for 183 days (plus 4 additional days if you're a new teacher). The teacher contract day is 8 hours, and the student instructional day is 7 hours. My current district has us starting at the very beginning of August (first day for teachers is usually around August 3rd-5th) and ending around Memorial Day. A previous district started in late August and ended mid-June. At one of my previous schools, students were in school for 7.5 hours per day. Some neighboring districts have gone to 8 hour days for students in some sort of attempt to "catch up" to the wealthier districts by providing more instructional time. Other districts, especially those in rural areas, have gone to 4 day weeks with 8.5 hour student days because that's the only way they can afford to keep running the schools. One metro area district just announced that they're doing that next year as well.

I'm in NY. Kids have 180 days and staff have 185, I think . Maybe 184? I can't remember. We start after Labor Day and go until close to the end of June. Students' last day is 6/21 and staff finish the following day.

The school year is 1,000 days. Ok, all jokes aside...... Students, in my school district, have 175 days of instruction. Teachers have about 180 days.

South Carolina. Students have 180 days and teachers have 190. The students' day is 7 hours and teachers have 8 hour days.

Do you think that the attitude of "maximizing instructional time" was beneficial overall to how much students learn? Were students in one place generally higher academically? We do not have sacred academic blocks. Time is cut and interrupted often. It is frustrating because I feel they need all the time they can get. Our ELA time is not nearly that long, and we often have assemblies during that time. OP, I'm not sure how many days we have without counting. I think it's around 190.

Arkansas--178 student interaction days, 190 teacher contract days. In my district, students are at school 7 hours and 40 minutes and teachers are on duty 8 hours 10 minutes each day.

I'm in Kentucky. Students have to attend 1,062 hours a year. How we choose to get those hours varies by district. Teachers have to work 185 days. In my district, there are 5-10 days (depending on the calendar for that year) that teachers can go without students. This year we had 7 of those days. We used some on days when there was still too much snow in rural bus turnarounds, but main roads were fine. We are using one of those days on election day this month and another on memorial day. Usually we are out a couple of weeks before Memorial Day, but due to snow and flu days, we were out around 20 days. My DH works in a different district, and they don't miss nearly as many days for snow due to the terrain and having non-traditional days for some snow days so the kids can work at home.

OH. We switched to hours, so it's a little different. This year we had like 178 student days, but next year we'll have about ten fewer days.