The four-day school week was a discussion at the superintendents' meetings today.
Evidently the position of the state office is that it would NOT require a change in state law, it would only require a waiver from the Department of Education, similar to snow day waivers.
In other words, the local school district would have to explain it's rationale in several areas and ask the state for an exemption from the 180 day rule.
1. Curriculum requirements (How do we make sure we get it all in?)
2. Time on task issues (How much additional time do we provide on the other days?)
3. Extra-curricular impact (Does this limit opportunities for students after school?)
4. Community response (How do the parents and community members feel about it?)
5. Financial impact (What is the impact financially?)
A professor attending our meeting indicated that another state had mandated this in the 70's due to financial difficulties and found out that the academic impact was actually positive. The only theory that made sense was that teaching and learning became much more focused and intentional, perhaps due to more time for planning and organization.
I believe this topic will become more of a public issue in time.
I would like to hear from parents to know more about their opinions.
We have not had any formal discussions about this at the administrative level or the school board level at this time. I am just asking to find out more about your opinions.
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