4 Day Week Proposal Information Rock River School and Notch Peak
Rock River School and Notch Peak are proposing a 4-day school week for the 2017-2018 school year. The rationale behind this change is directly related to the emphasis on school improvement in our schools and increasing the quality of our children’s education. This proposal is in response to increased emphasis on student-teacher contact time and a need for fewer interruptions to the instructional time teachers have with students. The other aspect is the need for collaborative time for teachers to implement the PLC process at a small school. A major indicator of student performance is the contact time that teachers have with students. For rural schools many Fridays as well as other days are impacted because of activities and other distractions that remove either students or teachers from the classroom. The four–day school week allows for activities to be completed on Fridays without impacting instructional time. It also allows for teachers and students to perform personal duties without taking personal time during the week. Perhaps the greatest impact is the reduction in teacher absenteeism.
Currently, there are 40 schools in 12 districts that utilize a four-day school week in Wyoming. Many of these schools have shown that the model is a valid consideration by being among the top achieving schools in the state.
The move towards a 4-day week provides several benefits for Rock River School. Those benefits come in the form of increased attendance for students and teachers. Most studies show a greater increase in student and teacher morale in schools where there is a 4-day week. Teacher-student contact time is increased. There are some financial benefits to a 4-day calendar in regards to transportation, food service and to substitute teaching costs. A 4-day calendar also provides opportunities to improve student achievement by allowing time for teachers to collaborate with each other and to prepare for their classes. With the extended day we can add time to each period in our secondary to increase remediation time with the teacher for students.
Frequently asked questions are directed towards concerns of retention of material over the weekend, length of the day for elementary students, daycare issues and attendance for less days. There are also concerns over students who may not have opportunities for food on the weekends. There are a number of studies that have good reasons and bad reasons for making the transition. These studies vary widely as the demographics of the population it serves. We believe that the best study for us would be to monitor our own demographic and see how it helps our school. We believe like many other schools in Wyoming that the four-day week would be a good fit for Rock River School.
Below is the proposed Calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.
Four Day Calendar Proposal 2017-2018 School Year
Proposed Daily Schedule JR-SR High School