Colorado School District Switches to Four-Day School Week
A Colorado school district is cutting its school week down to four days, taking Monday away as a school day in a move that it contends will cut costs and attract teachers.
Middle school and high school students in District 27J will attend school on Tuesday through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teachers will have to work one Monday a month, for just half a day. The district says the change will save about $1 million a year in funds that would otherwise have been used to pay substitute teachers and run school buses.
However, some parents who work outside the home are concerned about having to arrange child care for Mondays. The district said it would offer child care for children under 12 years old on Mondays for $30.
A few other school districts in Oklahoma, Montana and Oregon have previously switched to a four-day week.