You know the kids will hate it. I’m joking of course.
I often give my kids a hard time because they didn’t get the whole summer off like I did when I was in school. But I have to admit that they have a lot more days off during the school year than I did when I was growing up. So, there’s that.
But I would have gladly traded a few days of summer vacation for a 4-day school week in the day. And some Texas schools have made the switch.
While a 4-day school week is the exception rather than the rule, some smaller school districts have made the switch out of necessity due to staff shortages. And now a Dallas suburb is trying to do the same thing.
Fox 4 News reports that Mesquite ISD is planning to vote to switch to a 4-day school week by March 6 at the latest. Much like the rural school districts that made the switch, Mesquite ISD is struggling with an extreme teacher shortage:
Mesquite ISD is working to address the struggle we are facing in an extreme teacher shortage and the resulting impacts on students, including teaching vacancies, the hiring of large numbers of non-certified teachers, larger classes, less teacher planning, etc.
The only problem I can see with the move to a 4 day week is that it could put working parents with young children on edge, forcing them to pay for daycare. It was a huge relief for our family that we no longer had to pay for daycare when our children started school.
Hopefully there is a plan in place to address the issue.
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