School Calendar Survey

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Portsmouth Public Schools is currently evaluating a change to future school calendars by looking into starting the school year before the Labor Day holiday.

This change, if implemented, would help provide students more instructional time ahead of end-of-year testing, including state SOLs, AP exams, ACTs and SATs. Starting school before Labor Day could also provide more flexibility for makeup days involving inclement weather.

Regarding a change, the division is considering two scenarios: Starting school one week before Labor Day and starting school two weeks before Labor Day.

For next school year (2023-24), this would mean the following:

Starting One Week Before Labor Day
Teachers Return: Friday, Aug. 18, 2023
First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 28, 2023
Last Day of School: Friday, June 7, 2024

Starting Two Weeks Before Labor Day
Teachers Return: Friday, Aug. 11, 2023
First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 21, 2023
Last Day of School: Friday, May 31, 2023

Note: If the division were to use either of these two scenarios for future school calendars, there would unavoidably be a shorter 2023 summer break for students, staff and families to accommodate for the first year of the new calendar's implementation.

As part of this decision-making process, administration would like to hear from you. As such, please complete the following three-question survey before Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. to help guide administration’s future discussions on this topic.

You can access the survey here

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