The Sugar-Salem School Board is considering adopting a four-day school week. There will be a public meeting to discuss the 4-day week on January 30th at 6:30 PM. The goal of the school board is to increase student attendance, increase teacher attendance, and use student-teacher time more effectively throughout the week. Below are several different considerations to make in relation to the four-day school week, information regarding the 4-day week, and a snapshot of what changes would occur as a result of the 4-day week.
How educational are our shortened Fridays now?
The average student attendance for Monday-Thursday during the week is 97% district-wide. That average drops to 95% on Fridays, a difference of about 30 more students missing school.
In addition to students marked absent for the entirety of Fridays, an average of 114 class periods are missed at the high school on Fridays due to school-excused activities.
The district also needs an average of 9 substitutes each day on Mondays through Thursdays, and an average of 14 substitutes each Friday.
What would the new daily schedule look like?
8:20 AM – 3:50 PM
8:10 AM – 4:00 PM
8:10 AM – 4:00 PM
8:00 AM – 4:10 PM
What would the new calendar look like?
First day of school – August 19th
Harvest Break – 2 weeks
Christmas Break – 2 weeks
Spring Break – 1 week
Last day of school – May 28th
What are the potential benefits of a four-day week?
- Better student and teacher attendance
- Better teacher and student morale
- Fewer discipline problems
- Financial savings
- Staff recruitment tool
- Less wear and tear on buses
- Fewer interruptions during class time
- Potential for tutoring on Fridays
- Staff collaboration on Fridays
- More time with families on Fridays
- Teacher professional development would happen on Fridays
- Lower dropout rate
What are some potential concerns of a four-day week?
- Daycare of Fridays
- Longer school days
- Later sports practices
- Buses get home later
- Public may think education suffers
- Potential savings would come from the staff who get paid the least (non-teaching positions)
- Not all extracurricular activities can take place on Fridays
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4-Day School Week Quick Links
The Idaho Department of Education has a presentation on 4-day school weeks. It is below.
4-Day School Week Presentation
Student Achievement Data
Many studies have shown that there is no significant difference in student achievement between the 5-day week or the 4-day week. Some of those studies are below: