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1 Calendar Committee 4-Day Week

2 Outline Overview Discussion of four major impact areas Education Finance Extracurricular Activities Community Issues Implementation Issues

3 Education Pro Student drop-out rates, disciplinary referrals, and attendance improves • Student achievement not affected Teacher attendance improves; decreases need for substitute teachers •Students and teachers benefit from less interrupted class time •Improvement in morale of students and teachers Con Four-day week appears to run counter to the increased emphasis on more, not less, time in school Number of instructional hours is the same, but negative reaction to the concept of days of school Long school days might not be as attractive for younger students as it for older students

4 Education Pro Improved teacher recruitment/retention Faculty has more time for quality staff development (5 th day) More time for extracurricular activities and personal business Con A lost day is 20% longer day than a six-hour day Potential for fatigue from longer school day

5 Finance Pro Utility savings can be expected to range from 3.5% to 25% Wear/tear on buildings can be reduced Transportation savings range from 10% to 23% Variable food service costs can be reduced by approximately 20% Con Some on 4-day have not realized the hoped-for financial benefits When school building used on the extra day, utility savings decreased correspondingly Transportation savings are usually due to reduction in wages of lowest paid workers

6 Extracurricular Activities Pro Increased time for participation in extracurricular activates Schedule events on off- day Provides for tutoring and enrichment on off-day Increased opportunities to enjoy local activities Con Some Tues/Thurs activities cannot be avoided Helps if other schools on 4-day for certain activities Limits number of programs that can be offered (band, drama, knowledge bowl)

7 Extracurricular Activities Pro Friday off helps with time lost due to Thursday activities; not late for school; get HW from teachers when leaving on Thursday Con Reduced participation in activities ? (>50%) Students “forced” to decided between certain activities Longer days due to practice (of any form)

8 Community Issues Pro Students have more time for part time jobs and family Entrepreneurial opportunities for students and community Con Community perception that teachers work less Cost to community of child care Potential for “loitering” on off day Concerns about free/reduced lunch

9 Community Issues Pro Parents see positive opportunities for family activities Boys and Girls Club willing to help (within limitations of space, staffing, programming, fees) Con Where both parents working & children of elementary age, 4- day week viewed negatively Space, staffing, programming, and fee issues for Boys and Girls Club

10 Implementation Issues Take a measured, long-term approach to implementation Very carefully plan communications with the stakeholder community Often public pushback on the initial approval of a four-day schedule; once implemented districts surprised by the level of public support Severely restrict or eliminate transportation for activities or programs not conducted on regular school days Do not become complacent when watching costs Most schools take Friday off; recommend Monday, however


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