Colorado school district begins four days weeks
School District 27J, she says, will be a savings of approximately $1 million per year by eliminating the school on Monday. Parents say the change will end up costing if they have to pay for the care of their children.
A Colorado school district is an attempt to make a $1 million science experiment — cutting the school week to four days.
District 27J officially cut Monday outside the school calendar, and began a four-day school week in a move designed to reduce the costs and attract teachers, but the parents are concerned, it costs them money instead.
Students who attend school in the district had their first day of school on Tuesday. Middle and high school students go to school from 8:30 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday to Friday and are off on Monday, FOX 31 reported. Teachers will present his work one Monday a month, but only for half of the day.
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The school district, which serves about 18,000 students in Brighton, Commerce City, Henderson, Thornton and Aurora, said the move will save about $1 million per year in costs that would otherwise have gone to the pay of substitute teachers and run the school buses.
Monday was chosen because it gives the students an extra day to prepare,” District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler said.
“We really feel that Monday is the day to prepare and to be better for the kids,” Fiedler told USA Today. “This gives people a chance to have a weekend and then come Monday, whether they’re paid or not, because they do that work anyway in order to be prepared for the children and better for the children.”
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However, some parents were concerned about who would watch their child on Monday, while they were at work, FOX 31 reported. The district said that it would offer child care for children under 12 years of age for $30 on Monday, KHOU 11 reported.
District 27J is not the first school district to implement a four-day school weeks. Several school districts in Oklahoma, Montana, Oregon, have also made the change, NBC News reported.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.