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.