chalkboard week

The four-day school week isn’t a new idea – it’s been rolled out across the country for decades by desperate school boards, urticaria so there’s plenty to read about its impacts. See a comprehensive roundup of links below.

What to consider about schedule changes

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  • Will your elementary school child have to go and come from school in the dark for the winter months?
  • Will additional time each day add to the stress and tiredness of your child?
  • How long in a day should a young child be expected to concentrate and learn?
  • How will you schedule children on different schedules at different schools?
  • If you work away from home how will your children’s schedule affect your schedule?

Child care needs

  • Will an extended winter and spring break mean you must pay more for child care?
  • If you rely on an older sibling to care for younger siblings and the older child is no longer available how will you accommodate the younger child’s needs?
  • Will your child be able to cope with a shortened lunch break and perhaps no recess and not become overtired?
  • Will your child require extra food for the longer day? In some schools on the four-day week programs, costs were saved due to no food being served on the fifth day. Can you afford the extra costs of now providing for the fifth day?
  • Will there be an increased risk of bullying and violence with an extended day and fewer supervisors?
  • Will the district ensure there is adequate lighting provided on sites where schools are open later?
  • Will students have to travel on dark streets?
  • If students leave later do they have to travel in periods of peak traffic due to rush hour?
  • Many students enjoy community and extra-curricular school activities. If the day is extended by an hour or more will they be too tired to take part in such events? Will inter-district and intra-mural sports programs be affected?

Family lifestyle needs

  • How will it affect your family if you are no longer able to have common meal times?
  • If all of your children are not on a common holiday schedule how will family outings and vacations be scheduled?
  • Will an extended day adversely affect the employment possibilities for your older children?
  • Will families new to the community be able to adjust to this new calendar without hardship?

Children with special learning needs

  • If there are fewer support staff available what will it mean to your child?
  • How will a longer day affect your child’s ability to learn?


  • How will school facilities used by community groups be affected?
  • Will the changed use of facilities affect community groups and programs either because of the changed facility availability or because of the changed attendance patterns of students and staff?
  • If schools are closed on Fridays what will the effect be on the community and businesses in vandalism, loitering, policing?

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Lots to Read:

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Are 4-day school weeks good for students?

The hinterland is hurting (Kitimat, 2009)

B.C. district rebels against four-day school week (Coast Mountains, 2007)

SD73 – Suggested Changes to School Calendar Model (Kamloops/Thompson, 2003)

SD51 – Five-Year Community Review (2002-2007)

SD83 – Town Hall Feedback

US Research Brief

The Four-Day School Week: Nine Years Later

A Review of the Evidence on the Four?Day School Week (Maine, 2009)