With only a few more months left in the current school year, public schools are already looking ahead to the next school year. Some public school districts are facing a cut in government funding for the 2017-18 school year and are brainstorming ways to make budget cuts, which may include switching from a five-day school week to a four-day school week. In an attempt to save money, some public schools across the nation have already adopted the four-day school week, despite concerns from parents and guardians.
The Journal-Advocate out of Colorado reported on Thursday that talk of a four-day school week next year for the RE-1 Valley school district is drawing frustration from some parents. RE-1 Valley, located in Sterling, Colorado, shared a short four-day school week description, along with some research and an information manual, on the school's website, adding that the four-day school week is just one tool in the "education administrators' toolbox to reduce costs."