Starting in August 2018 a Colorado school district near Denver will switch to a four-day school week, Tuesdays through Fridays, following several other Colorado districts who have already made the change. To make up for the lost time, the district will extend school hours while the school year will remain approximately the same. According to Tracy Rudnick, a public information officer who spoke to BuzzFeed, the schedule change is an attempt to "recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. Our teachers are the lowest paid in the area."
Teachers and students may be happy about the day off, but parents aren't so sure.
Those embracing the idea felt the new schedule would reduce stress and increase productivity of students and faculty:
Considering that many of the students I am seeing our overworked, recess keeps getting cut, and homework loads are growing, every study shows that play time helps with executive function, something seriously missing from new freshman going to top colleges. 1/— Kirk Patrick Miller (@Chaos2Cured) March 27, 2018
Yes, I think it’s a good idea. The students can be less stressed and get more rest and have time to cope with life in general.— BådGrlCíCí 🎬🎧🎼🎭✨👩🏽⚕️👑 (@ColumbiaQT) March 27, 2018
About time. Professionals studying how schools work have been saying that current system is extremely inefficient— 🐷Rebekah🐷 (@honeysharks) March 27, 2018
Though many wondered how the schedule will affect working parents:
Seems like an excellent way to encourage poverty. For lower income families finding child care on that extra day each week is going to be very difficult. And expensive.— Brandon Pierce (@brandonpierce) March 27, 2018
Who cares for the kids on mondays...just a question. I dont have any but that sounds like an extra bill for a household. A baby sitter for 8 hrs while you work— Ronnie's daughter (@mecca72) March 27, 2018
And others believed the shorter schedule was a cop-out by the district and teachers:
CON- one more day for kids to get into trouble.... I think a 6 day school week, and a shorter summer vacation would be better, adults work all year, they need to get acclimated to real life— joseph sammon (@jsamm0n) March 27, 2018
The benefit is that it saves the school district money. The rest is a smokescreen.— Coinye (@CoinyeLA) March 27, 2018
They need to way to fund the schools to keep the children in a learning environment. Our country is going to sh!t.
Ok this must be the new math. They are adding 1 hour per day for 4 days (that’s 4 hours, right) but they are taking away a full day (6+ hours).— Too Broke To Retire (@put4459) March 27, 2018
Sounds like teachers just got an extra 2 hours off per week
Proving what we already assumed, schools do not wish to actually prepare kids for the real world.— Jacob (@Grumpy0ldWomen) March 27, 2018
Logistics aside, the school may have a point. What good do we really get out of Mondays?