In an effort to give their tight school budgets a bit of relief, many k-12 school districts across the country are contemplating moving to 4 day school weeks – eliminating Friday or Monday.
Rural k-12 school districts have been the most interested in a 4 day school week, where running school buses five days a week can be very expensive. For example, 96 school districts in Oklahoma adopted a shorter school week in 2016.
In Peach County, Georgia, moving to a 4 day school week has helped:
- Reduce Substitute Teacher Costs by 76%
- Lessen Transportation Costs by 35%
- Shrink Utility Costs by 8%
- Cut Student Disciplinary Issues by 40%
While k-12 school administrators are happy with the financial benefits a 4 day school week brings, parents and educators alike have expressed concerns. Some of these concerns are:
- Negative Impact on a Student’s Education
- Stress for Working Parents – Finding & Paying for Child Care
- Another Day without Breakfast and Lunch for Low Income Students
- Students Could Forget Valuable Curriculum with an Added Day Off – Think Summer Learning Loss!
Undeniably a divisive topic, the 4 day school week is expected to a be growing trend nationwide as k-12 school districts struggle to make ends meet with their ever-shrinking school budgets.
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