Make school 4 days a week and weekends 3 days

Make school 4 days a week and weekends 3 days

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Gabriel Garcia started this petition to Rick Maxey (leadet of horry county schools) and

Better Teacher and Student Morale
 

Some students feel the four-day school week provides an opportunity for extra rest and a less stressful environment. Being out of school one extra day per week allows students to relax or to be more productive. The four-day format provides opportunities for an extra work day at an after-school job, engaging in volunteer activities or pursuing additional educational goals. Also, students who are athletes don't miss as much class and have less work to make up when events occur on a day off.

 
Reduced Discipline Referral Frequency
 

Fewer days spent in class might mean fewer discipline referrals for students. Jimmy Linderman, superintendent of the Chattooga County School District in Georgia, reported that during one year the discipline referral frequency of students attending school only four days per week fell 73 percent. Students are more rested and focused and therefore less likely to disrupt class, be off task or engage in other behaviors requiring discipline. Fewer class disruptions result in more engaged teaching and learning.

 
Improvement of Attendance
 

Some district representatives that have implemented four-day school weeks report that attendance has improved for teachers and students. The Melstone School District in Melstone, Mont., has reported statistics indicating that their attendance improved as much as 20 percent over a two-year period after moving to a four-day school week. Chattogga County School District also reported an improvement in attendance since implementing its four-day school week.

 
Academic Improvement
 

An increase in academic achievement also has been associated with a four-day school week. In one system, the impact of only two years of a four-day school week caused test scores to improve. Oakridge School District Superintendent Don Kordosky reported that test scores improved after his system in Oregon implemented the four-day school week. Also, Peach County in Fort Valley, Ga., has seen a gradual increase in its graduation rate since adopting the new school week.

 
Reduction in Financial Cost
 

A reduction in system spending may be a significant factor considered when moving to a four-day school week. Transportation costs including fuel, bus maintenance and driver salaries are reduced. Also, if facilities are used only four days per week instead of five, there is a significant reduction in utility costs to the system. Money spent to fund school breakfast and lunch programs are reduced by 20 percent, as is spending associated with all hourly cafeteria and custodial workers.

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