Four-day school week to go before Douglas board |

Four-day school week to go before Douglas board

Tahoe Daily Tribune

George Whittell High School Principal Sue Shannon will present a report on a four-day school week for the school board on April 14.

The Douglas County School District Board will hear the report, but take no action on the item.

If GWHS were to switch to a four-day week, students would go to school Mondays through Thursdays, which would lengthen each day by 72 minutes. The number of days in the school year would drop from 178 to 144.

At a previous community meeting, Shannon said about 79 percent of high school students are in one sport, and a student misses 35 class periods per year, on average, for extracurricular activities. Many of the missed periods are because of sports activities on Fridays. With this new schedule, a student would only miss seven periods on average.

Here are some other items going before the board:

The districtwide radon survey was conducted from March 16 to March 20, and 11 rooms at four school sites tested above the recommended level.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, safe levels of radon are lower than 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).

Those rooms will be retested, and then mitigation procedures will then be determined.

The board will hear a report from Chief Financial Officer Holly Luna on the tentative 2009-10 budget, and then schedule a public hearing on May 20.

The district will look at the draft policy presented by Superintendent Carol Lark for random drug testing for high school students in cocurricular activities. This would be implemented for the 2009-10 school year.

The meeting is at 3:30 p.m. April 14 at the Douglas County Public Library Lake Tahoe Branch, 233 Warrior Way.