A Colorado school district is reportedly aiming for a 4-day school week.
A school district in Colorado is the pursuit of a shorter week in the coming academic year, allowing students and teachers four days in the classroom in place of five.
District 27J public information officer, Tracy Rudnick, told ABC News that they filed an official application with the Colorado Department of Education, which she said that she was “pretty sure it’s going to continue.”
“They have not rejected to a different school district that had applied,” Rudnick said. Word of the department may come in June, she told the outlet. Nearly 100 other districts in the state reported that work on the same schedule.
A variety of factors that allegedly contributed to the district’s decision to the file of the application.
“We made this change was for the clean and well-organized schedule,” Rudnick told the outlet. “It was also for attracting and retaining high-quality teachers. This new schedule will appeal to teachers because their professional development is built into their day. They were using their personal time to prepare for the day. They have all the time in the morning before the students come to school to either prepare individually or working in teams in the education of the classes.”
The ministry of education confirmed to ABC News that the Commissioner of Education must approve in advance a district the ability to have less than 160 days in the school year, in accordance with the legislation of a member state.
The district hopes to start with the modified plan on Aug. 10, the first day of classes for students in middle and high schools, ABC News reported. Preschoolers and children in lower school will reportedly start on Aug. 14, while those already in the kindergarten begins on Aug. 28. An average school week will run from Tuesday to Friday, the outlet said.
Families will also be extended with a childcare option for Monday, according to the report, that a daily surcharge of $30 for each student and run from 6 am to 6 pm
Daily class time will be reportedly an extra 40 minutes in order to meet the state mandated 1,080 hours of education per year.