One of the many trends in education recently has been the switch to a four day school week.
At the beginning of this school year, 28 school districts in Missouri joined the ranks of others who entertain a four day school week. Increasing the total number of school districts in Missouri to 61.
For the 2020-2021 school year the Elsberry R-II School District will be added to that growing list after a vote at the monthly school board meeting last Thursday.
The Elsberry R-II Board of Education has been studying the issue of transitioning to a four day school week. The board conducted staff and parent/community surveys and conducted two community meetings about the topic.
The survey results showed support among staff and parent/community members for making this change, 62% of staff were strongly in favor of the four day week and 70% of parents/community members either agreed or strongly agreed that they were in support of the four day school week.
Now that it has been decided to switch, administration and staff will now determine the logistics of the school day. The 2020-21 calendar will be approved at the February board of education meeting and distributed shortly after.
When school districts first switched to the four day week, the initial thought was the savings on district expenses.
Although, this has been one contributing factor, studies have shown that a main guiding factor has been to attract and retain high quality teachers. Many educators relish the fact to make the same pay working a four day week as opposed to a five day week, even though the school day is slightly longer. This gives school personnel an extra day of quality family time.
Many faculty and staff members understand this will be a big adjustment for everyone, but hopefully a positive change for the district.
Another school district in our area transitioning next year will be Van-Far. Those school districts in our area already on the four day week include Clopton, Warrenton, and Montgomery County.