Whittell four-day school week goes to a vote
July 12, 2009
Douglas County School Board will decide Tuesday whether to implement a pilot four-day school week for George Whittell High School.
The school submitted a calendar for the 2009-10 school year, and it was approved by the Education, Business and Human Resources departments. Now it just needs to receive board approval to be enacted.
Students would go to school Mondays through Thursdays, which would lengthen each day by 72 minutes. The number of days in the school year would drop from 178 to 144.
Board members said in April that they needed more information before deciding on a four-day school week at Whittell. The board directed staff to answer questions on such issues as teacher contracts, costs and Friday activities.
At the April meeting, Whittell Principal Sue Shannon said about 79 percent of high school students are in one sport, and a student misses 35 class periods per year, on average, for extracurricular activities.
So far about 80 percent of athletic competitions for 2009-10 are scheduled on either Fridays or Saturdays. The only sports that are difficult to schedule strictly on Fridays and Saturdays are golf, skiing and playoffs, Shannon added. The schools in Whittell’s league are also considering a four-day school week.
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Enrichment activities for Fridays, when school would not be in session, would be sponsored by the booster club, so no liability would be attached to the school. Parent Kelly Krolicki is in charge of the task force that’s investigating programs.
The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Branch of the Douglas County Public Library, 233 Warrior Way.