ERIC Number: ED245345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Four Day Week: An Alternative School Calendar.
Pope, Jean; Gillian, Russ
This booklet surveys the possibilities in instituting a 4-day school week, an approach which has gained favor in some small school districts. The history of the 4-day week and its characteristics are first described. Drawing on case studies of districts that have begun the 4-day schedule, the authors enumerate the steps in proposing and implementing a program and then point out the ancillary concerns (legal, organizational, instructional) that 4-day school weeks raise. The impact of such schedules on families, the community, and school staff are also analyzed, noting such evidence as community support and staff attitudes, and performance. Reports of student performance--attitudes, attendance, achievement--are considered. The topic of financial considerations includes the program's advantages and savings, as well as some fiscal cautions. Finally, a nationwide survey compiles information on some states' reasons for not using 4-day weeks, on the results of studies completed by other states, and on the reasons for implementing 4-day programs by states that have done so. (JW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Support, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Design, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Scheduling, Flexible Working Hours, Instructional Innovation, Program Implementation, Rural Schools, School Schedules, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Time on Task
Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee, Jackson Education Services District, 101 North Grape Street, Medford, OR 97501 ($10.00 plus postage).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Authoring Institution: Jackson County Education Service District, Medford, OR.
Identifiers: Four Day School Week
Note: Prepared by Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee (SORD)