The Anna Independent School District (AISD) School Board recently announced that it has approved the transition to a four-day week for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.
According to WFAAThe North Texas School Board approved a brand new school structure last Friday during a board meeting.
AISD says the newly introduced four-day school week will be a three-year pilot project.
The decision to introduce four-day school weeks came after a survey the AISD School Board conducted with the community and staff back in November 2022. The district reports that survey results included 72% of parents and 87% of employees. advocated a four-day week.
In addition to conducting the survey, AISD also worked with various focus groups, attended a panel with numerous counties that have already moved to a four-day week, studied the pros and cons, and met with county leaders to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such a decision. .
“School leaders expect the four-day week to improve student achievement, provide more opportunities for intervention, and help with teacher retention and recruitment,” the AISD website says.
Due to shortened school weeks, school days will be extended by about 35 minutes to make up for time that would have been lost without Friday, AISD said. The district says that elementary school days will run daily from 7:30 am to 3:40 pm, middle schools will run from 8:20 am to 4:30 pm, and high schools will run from 8:10 am to 4:42 pm.
Little Elm ISD was another area in North Texas that considered change. Local Profile It was previously reported that the district asked parents to vote for four days of school work in December 2022 due to staff shortages and poor report cards.
“We want to have certified teachers in the classroom with our students. Since August 1 alone, we have had 23 employees quit,” said Daniel Gallagher, Superintendent of Little Elm ISD.
According to WFAAAnna’s Independent School District will join numerous other school districts across the state of Texas that have also made the decision to transition to a four-day schedule. These areas include ISD Tioga, ISD Chico, ISD Rains, ISD Mineral Wells and ISD Alba-Golden.