4-Day Week

Parent Survey Results

Dr. Noah, Superintendent & Gunnar McHenry, Student Council President

Staff Survey Results

  • Website that includes some key research, news reports, etc. about the four-day school week.
  • This topic has been a research focus for Jon S. Turner, Ed. D. Assistant Professor of Ed. Leadership at Missouri State University for the last few years. From his research team, here have been their basic findings.
    1. It is very popular with all type of school staff, both certified and classified. Even those that take a pay cut due to reduced hours love the four-day week.
    2. The maximum financial savings seems to be around 5% and most actually save less, so, no major financial reason to switch.
    3. Many report practical benefits like being able to do general maintenance during the school year, ---things like refinishing floors, minor construction projects. Needing fewer subs because people make doctors/dentist appoints on the extra day off are often mentioned.
    4. Teacher do report a need for prior professional development on how to teach differently during the four-day week. Teachers talk about the longer day is hard on kids (keeping them engaged), needed curriculum revisions to focus on the most important issues. Some subject area talk about retention issues over the extra-long weekends.
    5. No firm evidence on this, but, most school leaders seem to agree that they are getting more applicants and keeping teachers longer with the four-day school week.
    6. From a community perspective, community/business leaders either love it or hate it---few are middle of the road. There does not seem to be a negative economic effect on a community from the switch. We’ve found the main decision issue with community/business leaders is ---if they still have kids in school they like the four-day week---if they do not have kids in school they want to go back to the five-day week.
    7. While this research is still undergoing peer review and has not been published yet, these are the key findings of our research in 3 Missouri school districts. Overall, parents love it. They do not see it as negatively impacting education. They like it for the impact it has on their family. The key finding is that families with special education students do support it significantly less than other parents (although overall they still support it) and parents with ONLY elementary aged kids support it, but, only narrowly. When you look at parents with both younger and older kids or just older kids---they all love it with an approval percentage over 85%.
    8. EVERY SCHOOL I’ve worked with has been worried about childcare and all have found it was an unneeded worry. Many created childcare systems for the extra-day out and no one showed up with their kids so they were quickly cancelled. I can recall that the Superintendent in Stockton told me they created a one-day child care and she realized the only kids that were attending the new one day childcare where the kids of teachers.
    9. While our research with parents has not found this is a “deal breaker”, parents who receive free or reduced lunches do report it can create a little extra financial hardship on families.