Unprecedented School Closures

Unprecedented School Closures

New Plymouth School District

Press Release


For Immediate Release


January 19, 2017


This winter has been a record setting year.  The New Plymouth School District has issued an unprecedented number of emergency school closures.   These school closures have been necessary to ensure the safety of our staff and students.  Frigid temperatures, power outages and hazardous road conditions have all contributed to the district issuing the school closures.


Unfortunately, there has been a significant amount of lost instructional time for our students. The state requires students of different grade levels to receive a minimum amount of instructional time during the academic school year.  The New Plymouth School District, with its school board approved academic calendar, greatly exceeds these state minimum hourly requirements.  It is because of this extra instructional time that the district is not going to violate the state minimum requirements. The district does not intend on extending the school year beyond the regular end date.  In an effort to recover some lost valuable instructional time the teacher in-service scheduled for February 21 has been canceled so we may have students attend classes.   It is the intent of the district to follow the regular

2016-17 district calendar.  


District maintenance personnel have worked tirelessly to keep up with the massive amount of snow and ice in an effort to provide safe entrances to all of our buildings.  The district continues to remove snow and ice from rooftops of all district buildings. With this most recent storm we will be continuing to monitor and inspect the structural integrity of our buildings in conjunction with our structural engineers.  Currently, the interior of all district buildings remains largely unaffected by the winter storm conditions. Student safety is our number one priority.


We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together through this difficult experience.    

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