Every student’s wish is to have a smaller school week, well for the students in the Colorado district this wish has become a reality. Each school in this district has accepted the 4-day school week and has started a new era in the educational system. The officials in this district believe that this will attract quality teachers in their area and significantly lower the costs.
The Colorado district believes that this will save them around one million dollars as there will be no need for substitute teachers, and the school buses will run one day less in the week. According to their estimation this will save them about $700,000. These savings will get even higher in time because the administrators will search for new ways to better their efficiency as per the statement of the District 27J public information officer Tracy L. Rudnick.
She states that one million is a small portion of their total operating budget, but over time there will be additional savings every year. According to this new organization of the schools in this district every elementary school will have a counselor that will help in the development of One-2-Web program thus placing a Chromebook in the hands of every middle and high school student. They believe that this will bring more quality teachers as they will have more time to prepare, reorganize and develop their lessons.
The Colorado Brighton-based School District 27J is one of the 560 districts that went for the 4-day school week. The superintendent of this school, Chris Fiedler, considers that this is a good way to incite quality teachers meanwhile granting resources to items more important to the districts principal purpose.
Yet, this decision is not considered very good for everyone, especially for the low-income households since they will have to pay for childcare on days when their children are free.
District officials are well aware of this possible situation and realize that this will be a dramatic change for the students, families, and communities, but the district cannot function anymore with less financial resources.
Nonetheless, the district will offer childcare on Mondays for a daily price of $30 per child. Another aspect was brought up in terms of food as most of these families rely on public schools for more than half their meals a week.
There will be other issues as a result of this change such as personnel layoffs, bigger class size, reduction in funding, or cutting specific programs. Hence, things should be carefully reconsidered before the introduction of a shortened school week, recommend some of the officials. In addition to this, the 4-day school should keep up the same quality of teachings and courses and that for sure will require longer school hours. The teachers should be obliged to do this one-half day of their newly added off-days each month.
Aside all these aspects, most of the schools in this district believe that this is a good option and that the students will receive a higher quality lesson than before. Fiedler maintains that they are focused on offering their students all the necessary skills and competencies, and that can be achieved thanks to this shortened school week which will involve engaged teachers using 21st-century tools for teaching and as well as for learning in their high quality lessons.