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Annual Request for Approval

Submitting a Request for Approval

School districts operating on a reduced academic calendar (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. 

If you have technical questions about submissions or directory in Data Pipeline for Requests for Approval, please contact Jessica Tribbett, at

Process for Districts that are on Performance Watch (Priority Improvement, Turnaround or On Watch, years 0+)

In addition to submitting the reduced academic calendar application through Data Pipeline, districts on Performance Watch that are submitting a district-wide application for all schools within the district to be on a reduced academic calendar need to submit the following additional information: 

  • A copy of their respective school calendars
  • Any applicable schedules, including building class schedules, assembly schedules and/or bell schedule including lunch time interval
  • A copy of their professional development calendar if not included in the overall school 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.

Submit Performance Watch Reduced Academic Calendar Form