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Hansen Schools Continue 4-Day Week

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By Jay Michaels and Aimee Burnett

Hansen, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In Hansen, kids go to school just four days a week.

Three years ago the school board decided to try the four day week to see if it worked. But does it work as well as a five day school week? The jury's still out on a final decision.

Dave Bjorneberg, Chairman of the Hansen School Board, says, "We discussed it for a while, and this was one of the situations where we actually didn't have a unanimous vote on whether we should do a four day school week or not. It remains an issue, and we continue to evaluate it."

Teachers and support personnel are still working the same amount of hours, so there's no real savings when it comes to salaries. And the longer days can be tougher on young students.

Concerned parent Joy McClain says, "I think about moms that work five days a week, and now their kids are home one of those days. Doesn't that cause them some increased babysitter costs?"

There are 360 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Hansen School District.

Once a month students can come to school on Friday to get extra help on their work. On the other Fridays, teachers are able to have professional development days.

Dave Bjorneberg explains the board wants to have a fairly serious evaluation to see if the four day week is working in Hansen schools.

Bjorneberg says, "Things vary from year to year, from class to class, especially in a small school. So it's very hard to say whether education is better or not better with a four day week."

October 25, 2013.


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