Additional Forgiven Time Request

What is forgiven time?

Section 101(4) of the State School Aid Act provides districts with six (6) days or the equivalent number of hours of “forgiven time” that can be used when pupil instruction is canceled due to conditions outside the control of school authorities, such as severe storms, fires, health conditions, and infrastructure issues. These initial days or hours can be used at any point throughout the year without prior authorization from the Department given the cancelation falls within the acceptable reasons.

In addition, Section 101(4) provides the State Superintendent the authority to allocate up to three (3) days or the equivalent number of hours of “forgiven time” to districts to be used when instruction was not provided due to unusual and extenuating occurrences resulting from conditions not within the control of school authorities, such as those described above.

 

Requirements for requesting additional forgiven time:

The request for additional forgiven time must exhibit the need for the additional forgiven time, including a strong rationale supporting why these days cannot be rescheduled before the end of the school year. The request must also demonstrate how the district initially prepared for cancelations for the current school year, as well as indicate how they might improve upon their planning process for subsequent school years.

As always, the Department encourages districts to be proactive in planning calendars that meet and exceed the days and hours requirements so that there is ample time built in to assure that students receive the amount of instruction required by law. Eligibility for the additional forgiven time will be based on the unusual and extenuating occurrences reported, and through a review of the district’s preparedness for cancelations.

 

When to request additional forgiven time:

The request for additional forgiven time should be submitted after the cancelation has occurred and after deliberations attempting to reschedule instructional days. Requests for additional forgiven time must be submitted prior to the last scheduled day of instruction.

Please Note:

>Additional Forgiven Time will not be granted in advance.

>Section 101 of the State School Aid Act does not provide the Department authority to grant additional forgiven time for instances where attendance fell below the requirement. Thus, Additional Forgiven Time will not be granted for days where attendance fell below the 75% attendance requirement.

District Information

Request Details

Select the affected school year. *
Has the district applied for or received a forgiven day waiver for the current school year? *
Is the waiver request a district-wide request, for a single program, or a building?

If you are a Public School Academy, please select District-wide.

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How many additional days (or equivalent number of hours) are being requested?
The district has to have used the first six (6) forgiven days prior to requesting additional forgiven time. *

Days

Hours

Supporting Information

List each date that has been canceled, the correlating number of hours canceled for that day, and the cause of the cancelation for that day. List each date separately.*

Additional Forgiven Time will not be granted for days where attendance fell below the 75% attendance requirement. Please do not include these days.


(**It may be helpful to copy and paste your responses to the Reason for Cancelation as the text box size cannot be adjusted for viewing purposes.)
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Provide Rationale

The request for additional forgiven time must exhibit the need for the additional forgiven time, including a strong rationale supporting why these days cannot be rescheduled before the end of the school year. The request must also demonstrate how the district initially prepared for cancelations for the current school year, as well as indicate how they might improve upon their planning process for subsequent school years.

Required Files



I agree that the request exhibits the need for the additional forgiven time, including a strong rationale supporting why these days cannot be rescheduled before the end of the school year. The request also demonstrates how the district initially prepared for cancelations for the current school year, as well as how we might improve upon our planning process for subsequent school years. *
Questions related to this application may be directed to Jessica Beagle at BeagleJ1@michigan.gov.