Section 3i: School week

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Section 3(i) was originally listed as "Parent," which can now be found in section 3(g).

Rule Text

(i) "School week" means any seven-day calendar period starting with Sunday and continuing through Saturday that includes at least three days when a district's schools are in session.


The definition of a school week is used throughout the ALE rule. For example, students are required to have weekly contact once per school week.

If school is in session for only one or two days in a given week – for reasons including holidays or weather – an ALE program would not need to make weekly contact with students during that week in order to remain in compliance, because a school week is defined as a week that includes at least three days when a district's schools are in session.

Common Questions

Q. If the district’s schools are in session for three days in a week, as in the week of Thanksgiving, does it count as a “school week”?

A. Yes, a three-day week counts as a school week. ALE programs should plan accordingly in order to meet the weekly contact requirements.

Last updated: 8/16/2012

Q. What determines if a school is “in session” or not?

A. The school district’s official calendar defines holidays and other times when school is or isn’t in session. School cancellations due to weather or other factors must be publicly announced to meet the requirement of “not in session”.

Last updated: 8/16/2012

Q. Do we need to make up weekly contact for a week that contains fewer than three school days?

A. No. Weekly contact is not required for any week that is not considered a “school week.”

Last updated: 8/16/2012

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