Seat-Time Waiver

The State Aid Act, Section 101 (9), permits the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to waive the minimum number of hours and days of pupil instruction for Alternative Education programs or other innovative programs approved by Michigan Department of Education.

Northwest Education Services leads an ISD-led seat-time waiver consortium program for its constituent schools and maintains annual reporting to the Michigan Department of Education through  pupil accounting practices.

Districts approved to operate a seat-time waiver program may enroll a maximum of 25 percent of their enrolled student population, Grades 6-12, in instructional programs that use online learning to deliver up to 100 percent of the pupil’s instruction. It is recognized that districts may choose to utilize other means and methods for facilitating instruction, such as experiential and work-based learning.

For more information contact:

Paul Bauer, Ed.D.  
Director of Systems Improvement & Evaluations
Phone: 231.922.6497