Four days is enough in Idaho

To save money on utility costs, some rural Idaho schools are switching to a four-day week, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.

At Marsh Valley High School, one of the latest school districts to make the switch as an experiment this year, teachers say attendance has gone up. At Bear Lake High, where they’re in their second year of a four-day week, teachers say students show up fresher and ready to learn.

“I’m almost convinced the four-day week is better than chocolate,” said Marsh Valley High Principal Gary Yearsely.

When school is session, class periods run 70 minutes instead of 60, extending the school day by an hour.

Students are scheduling their activities and appointments on Fridays, Yearsley said, and they’re less likely to cut classes when they know they’ve got a three-day weekend ahead of them.

Indio Charter School in southern California went to a four-day week because so many students were missing Friday anyhow to go back to Mexico for a long weekend. Riverside County Office of Education withheld funding, even though students were in class for more time during the four-day week.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    California had the 4 day week option without overtime. The unions objected, even thought it cut commute costs 20% and gave more free time.

  2. I’d be concerned about the days just being too long for the younger kids.

  3. I’d be concerned about parents having to find supervisory solutions for the un-covered workday.

  4. Jason Bontrager says:

    “so many students were missing Friday anyhow to go back to Mexico”

    ??? Sooo..are these kids in California legally? If not, then why are they being allowed back into the state?

  5. I’d be concerned about parents having to find supervisory solutions for the un-covered workday.

    No kidding – there’d be a revolt where I am if the parent(s) couldn’t dump their kids at the public baby sitting facility, I mean elementary school.