A tiny district in West Texas is reportedly going to become the first school system in the state to offer students a four-day-week option.
Under the new schedule set to start next school year, the approximately 60 students in the Olfen Independent district will be required to attend class for 25 extra minutes Monday through Thursday. Attendance on Fridays will be optional for students but mandatory for teachers.
District officials say the idea for a four-day-week option was conceived as a way to help struggling students, who can get tutoring on Fridays. For students who don’t need extra help with academics, the district plans to offer activities such as karate, wood shop, and pottery.
A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as District Goes to 4-Day Week To Help Struggling Students