AUGUST 9, 2016
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN LENGTH OF DAY
EC sections 46110-46119 detail the minimum and maximum length of the school day for kindergarten and other elementary grade classrooms. The maximum number of minutes for kindergarten is four hours, (EC Section 46111), excluding recess. However, recess time may be counted as instructional minutes, at the district's discretion, if teacher supervision occurs. LEAs must also keep in mind that (pursuant to EC Section 37202) any TK programs operated by a district must be of equal length to any kindergarten programs operated by the same district. If TK program instructional minutes are a different length than the kindergarten program, then a waiver must be submitted to the State Board of Education.