A Colorado school district plans to move to a four-day school week, starting in August, because of funding issues.
Brighton-based School District 27J announced the planned change in mid-March and currently offers an online guide for parents about the switch. Among other things, the guide says that a four-day week will create a “clean, consistent, and concise schedule,” “give teachers and staff time to better prepare for classes and develop professionally,” and allows for the “reallocation” of funds.
With the change, elementary school students will start their days at 7:50 a.m. and wrap up at 3:30 p.m., while middle school and high school students will start at 8:30 a.m. and be finished at 4:32 p.m. They will go to school Tuesdays through Fridays.
“We’re confident it’s going to attract teachers and keep them,” District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler told KUSA-TV in Denver. “I haven’t had teachers say that this is a horrible idea.” Read more