On August 9, 2021, the New Plymouth School Board approved the calendar committee's recommendation to move to a four-day school week in the 2022-23 school year. Over 30 school district patrons were in attendance at the meeting with several offering public comment on the four-day school week, some in favor and some in opposition. After additional discussion and deliberation by the board, the trustees approved the recommendation on a 3-2 vote.
The calendar committee will now work on finalizing a 2022-23 school year calendar to present to the board, plan changes to school schedules, and address other challenges/opportunities related to this upcoming change to a four-day school week. The next meeting of the calendar committee will be Tuesday, August 24th at 3:30 pm at the school district office. For more information on the four-day school week planning visit the district's FAQs on Four-Day School Week website.
Other business conducted during the school meeting included approving the Master Contract for certificated teachers and pupil personnel for this school year, fall sports coaching staff, and a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. As part of that plan, the district will continue to focus on proper hygiene, monitoring students and staff for illness, increase cleaning and sanitizing. Currently, masks are recommended, but not required, at school.