San Antonio School District may be the first to move to a four-day schedule

The Harlandale ISD board is considering shortening the school week for its students and staff to attract and retain teachers, and it could become the first school district in San Antonio to make the change, if approved. According to a press release, the school district sent out surveys to parents and staff to provide information about the proposed four-day school weeks.

In December 2022, the district asked staff for the first time about two potential four-day calendars after noticing what it calls a “positive impact” on other Texas school districts. Harlandale ISD cites the Charles Butt Foundation’s 2022 Texas Teachers Survey stating that mental health and lack of time to plan are reasons why teachers leave the profession.

This survey states that 85% of teachers surveyed by the Charles Butt Foundation said they would stay to gain more planning time and more free time for students and teachers across the district.

Harlandale ISD has not made any decision on any of the calendars and has not provided a timetable for when the district will vote on the four-day school week. If approved, the calendar will come into effect in the next academic year.

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