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Leaping into the four-day school week

Districts from across the country make a major schedule change
Leah Pickhinke
Many school districts implementing the four-day school week have found that the most effective day off is Friday. Teachers and students have reported increased enthusiasm and productivity throughout the week, knowing they can enjoy a long three-day weekend ahead. This schedule adjustment goes with the idea that an extended break before the weekend provides an opportunity for relaxation, extracurriculars and family time. Teachers find that the Friday break allows for more effective lesson planning, contributing to an overall positive impact in the school’s atmosphere.

In recent years, an increasing number of schools have adopted a four-day school week, sparking debates and controversy about its impact on students’ education. While many people argue that this change can offer several benefits, others raise concerns about potential drawbacks.

Studies such as the one conducted by Georgia State University, suggest that a four-day school week can lead to increased attendance and higher levels of student engagement. With a longer weekend, students may come to school more refreshed and ready to learn. It also offers an extra day to complete assignments so students can have them ready to be turned in when they return.

Shortening the school week may contribute to improved teacher morale and retention. A study from neaToday notes that a compressed schedule can reduce burnout and help educators that struggle with work-life balance. Recently many schools in the Millard district have been assigning more days off than usual to give to teachers. By switching to the new four-day week, it guarantees teachers an extra day to get what they need done.

The shift to a four-day school week can also result in cost savings for both schools and families. According to research by the Education Commission of the States, reduced operational expenses, such as transportation and utility costs, could free up resources for other educational needs while also benefiting other aspects of the transportation problem in the US.

One major concern is the potential for longer school days to accommodate the reduced week. The American Psychological Association points out that extended periods in the classroom may lead to increased stress for both students and teachers.

Few families relying on school-provided meals for their children may face challenges with the shorter week. Some low-income students may lose access to nutritious meals during the extended weekends which can cause conflict.

The impact on academic performance remains in the air. While some studies suggest that there is no significant decline in education, others argue that the reduced instructional time may hinder students’ overall learning experience, as mentioned in the journal of Economic Policy Institute.

The transition to a four-day school week presents a nuanced idea with both advantages and disadvantages. As schools begin to look into and consider this schedule change, it’s essential to find balance that prioritizes the well-being and academic success of students while also addressing the concerns of educators and families.

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Leah Pickhinke
Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
Leah is a junior at Millard West and this is her second year on staff for the CATalyst. In Leah’s free time she enjoys going on walks, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Other than journalism, her hobbies include drawing, gaming, watching movies, and taking pictures.

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