In the 2021 Legislative session, H.B. 2862 was passed and enacted (Laws 2021, Chapter 299 as amended by Laws 2021, Chapter 404), authorizing school districts and charter schools to adopt Instructional Time Models (ITMs) to provide flexibility in the method and manner in which instructional hours are provided students.
School districts and charter schools should use this template to notify the Department of adopted ITMs for School Year 2021-2022 and the contents of their adopted ITM.
The Department intends for one document to be submitted per school district or charter school that describes the types of flexibility that will be implemented for School Year 2021-2022 and the extent to which instruction will deviate from a traditional 5-day week, 180-day year model.
For more information on the types of flexibility authorized and the associated school finance procedures please review School Finance Guidance on HB 2862 and our FAQ on HB 2862.
The Department intends for ITMs to be submitted by September 30 for School Year 2021-2022, however an ITM will be in effect after the governing board meets the requirements to adopt an ITM pursuant to H.B. 2862, not upon submission to the agency. This means an ITM would apply to the full school year in which it is adopted rather than beginning on an ITM submission date of September 30, 2021. ITM submissions to the agency will be used to ensure there is a clear understanding of the operationalized flexibilities authorized in H.B. 2862 and the processes school districts and charter schools will be utilizing to document attendance for future audit purposes.
Please remember that if remote instruction is provided as part of an ITM there are limitations on the percentage of a school sites total instructional hours before funding is impacted.