4 Day School Week; Discuss.

I've Heard Worse Ideas.As if I didn’t have enough troubles rattling inside my head, I have been presented with a new one; the idea of a shortened school week.

Feel free to talk about this amongst yourselves.

If you have a solution, please post it immediately. As you are probably aware, I need all of the help that I can get.

The problem is as transportation costs continue to rise, should school districts consider going to a four day school week?

Or should I just sit quietly in my office and wait for gas to drop back down to a $1.50? All right, probably not an option.

But that is okay because my schedule is pretty full already as I sit around my office waiting to win the lottery.

By the way, I look forward to the day 25 years from now when I can tell my daughter (most likely still living at home) that I remember when gas was “only $4.00 a gallon”. Sad but true.

School districts are going to have to begin looking at alternatives to keep their finances under control. It is getting harder and harder to stay ahead of the rising costs in gas, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Is one possible solution having students attend school Monday through Thursday for 9 hours a day?

The larger question is can I handle students for 9 hours a day?

I must admit the sound of a 3 day weekend does sound good, but would there be actual benefits to our students?

What are the chances that a shorter week would help improve student attendance? Or better yet, improve teacher attendance? Certainly the transportation costs would go down if a district ran the busses one day less each week.

Are there other benefits to this type of schedule? Such as more time for teachers to work with students in the classroom? The opportunity for families to make doctor appointments on Fridays so that students won’t miss class time would be a benefit.

Three day weekends would also give the older students time to work at a part-time job (and make money for gas… thus completing the
cycle). When will kids realize they wouldn’t have to work all of the time if they didn’t own a brand new car?

Or is a 4 day school week a bad thing?

While there has been some talk about more businesses going to a shorter week; most still keep what are considered the “normal” hours of a 5 or 6 day work week.

Would a shortened school week upset parents? Could they afford the extra daycare for younger children?

Is it possible that teachers would feel rushed by the shorter week? And how would they react to the shorter evenings to grade papers, make lesson plans, and prepare for the next day?

Students who miss a couple of days because of illness could be greatly affected as falling behind in their studies would happen rapidly.

Can you imagine the makeup work?

As you can see, I am torn and slightly confused. Like most things in life the 4 day school week has both advantages and disadvantages.

Lucky for me, education doesn’t make changes quickly, so I have time to form a well developed opinion.

My hope is that there is someone out there (possibly an educational genius) in internet land that can provide me wisdom and guidance.

Please put me on the right path in regards to the concept of the 4 day school week, because as of right now, I can only focus on the idea that “every weekend is a 3 day weekend”. That idea is way cool.

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