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School board approves 4-day weekly schedule for 2021-2022 | Education

Students in the Polk School District will continue to attend classes four days a week in the 2021-2022 school year after the schedule is approved by the system’s school board.

In a 6: 1 vote, board members approved Polk County School Superintendent Laurie Atkins’ recommendation to stick to the current schedule at the February board meeting on February 9 .

The four-day instructional model was adopted last August to help separate some students between in-person and distance learning due to COVID-19. With the calendar, teachers can use Monday to review or create lesson plans, while students then attend lessons Tuesday through Friday.

The results of the parent and staff surveys showed overwhelming support for sustaining the four-day school week, and a presentation at the board working session by Dr. Katie Thomas, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation and Development. District learning, explained how they were showing short-term increases. in the test results.

The adopted schedule begins Tuesday August 3 and includes 148 teaching days while including the regular holidays for the fall vacation (September 27-October 1), Thanksgiving, Christmas (December 20-31) and winter. and spring break.

The last day of school would be May 27, 2022.

In other news, Cedartown Middle School’s resource manager Bryce Momon was named the February PSD MERIT Award winner. Momon received a certificate and a gift card.

MERIT, which stands for Magnificent Employees Recognized for their Inspiration & Talent, recognizes and rewards employees each month who shine in their jobs and buildings.

MERIT winners can be nominated by anyone in Polk County, from a school district employee to a parent or resident. For more information, visit the district website at