Missouri: Schools Are Considering Switching To A 4-Day School Week Due To Teacher Shortages

In the midst of a teacher shortage that affects the whole state of Missouri, some school districts are looking at implementing a four-day school week, while others have already done so.

Lathrop R-II School District Superintendent Chris Fine remarked that they were solely thinking about saving money. In 2009, the district started looking into the possibility of a four-day workweek. Fine claims that since it was implemented in the district, it has resulted in financial savings for the district. Over the course of this, they have consistently saved 1.5% annually.

Instructional time in the district has increased from 1,065 to 1,090 hours annually. The present timetable is every week from Tuesday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., much like any other school.

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