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Annual Request for Approval

Submitting a Request for Approval

School districts operating a four-day school week (less than 160 scheduled days per school year) are required to submit a request for approval on an annual basis. The requests are submitted by the school district via the Directory in Data Pipeline in May of each year, to be approved for implementation for the following school year.  Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized.

View more information on requesting approval, key dates, and a link to Data Pipeline directions. 

Process for Districts Accredited with Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plans

In addition to submitting the four-day application through Data Pipeline, districts Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan or Accredited with Turnaround Plan that are submitting a district-wide application for all schools within the district to be on a four-day school week need to submit the following additional information separately to Christina Monaco at monaco_c@cde.state.co.us:

  • A copy of their respective school calendars
  • Building class schedules
  • Assembly schedules
  • Bell schedule including lunch time interval
  • Professional development calendar

CDE will review the additional materials for the use and prioritization of instructional time. The executive director of field services and the associate commissioner of school quality and support must recommend approval of the application before it is forwarded to the commissioner for consideration.