School districts trying out four-day weeks

School districts trying out four-day weeks Photo: NBC News.

January 21, 2019 12:47 PM

Some school districts have found a different way to boost morale. It's something that's helping them recruit and retain educators -- a four-day school week.

Corbett High School in Portland, Oregon made the switch 20 years ago.

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With Fridays always free for sports, extracurriculars and appointments, administrators say there are fewer interruptions and better attendance the rest of the week.

Those four days are longer, so they add up to the same amount of total instruction time in a five-day week.

Nationwide, about 560 districts in 25 states have four-day weeks. Many are in rural areas.

However, experts say it's not ideal for every school, including those with high poverty rates where a large number of students rely on free or reduced lunch.

Another possible negative is finding child care every fifth weekday.

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