What Is an Act 80 Day in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, an Act 80 day refers to a school day that is shortened because of activities that are necessary for an educational program and approved by the Department of Education. These days include parent-teacher meetings, strategic planning and in-service programs.

The state of Pennsylvania requires that students in elementary and high school attend 180 days of instruction each school year. Act 80 serves as exceptions to this rule to ensure that teachers are able to provide high-quality instruction to these students. On Act 80 school days, the school day may start with a pre-scheduled delay or it may let the students out so they do not have to attend school in the afternoon.