ERIC Number: ED429344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Four-Day School Week. Revised.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
This paper provides an overview of the 4-day school week being utilized by 36 school districts in Colorado. These districts, which tend to be rural and sparsely populated, schedule 7.5 hours per day for 144 days of school instead of the normal 6 hours for 180 days. Colorado law requires school districts to schedule 1,080 hours per year of instructional time for secondary schools and 990 instructional hours for elementary schools. Fifteen districts have no Monday classes and 20 districts have no Friday classes. The law allowing for a 4-day week was passed in 1980, and its implementation proved popular with students, parents, and teachers. The initial reason for the change was financial; the shortened week saved substantial amounts in transportation, food costs, utilities, and staff expenditures. However, the truncated week presents possible problem areas, such as child care for the off days, the effects on instructional time, political concerns over a shortened school year, and how a 4-day week affects student performance. Reliable data on the last feature are yet to be determined. The 4-day week seems to meet a need for communities that are small and rural but may also prove useful for larger, urban areas. Contact information for superintendents of districts on the 4-day schedule are provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado