No Plans for Bay District to Go to 4 Day School Week

The Florida Association of School Superintendents is asking lawmakers to consider allowing school districts to go to a four day week to save money. Under the proposed bill, school days would be longer.

By closing the extra day, school districts would save money on electricity, support staff salaries and fuel for buses.

Bay District school officials have a committee studying the proposal, but don't have any plans to jump on the bandwagon.

"I’ve heard two different sides on it, like everything else. It would save a lot of money. It would save time. But then again you have all those elementary parents, what are they going to do with their kids? If you're closed Monday or Friday, what are they going to do with them? And can those kids stand 2 or 3 more hours a day in school? What about after-school activities? What about those kids that have jobs? There are so many other nightmares that come along with it that we want to find out how other people deal with it before we'd really implement something like that," said Bill Husfelt, Bay County School Superintendent.

Daytona Beach state senator Evelyn Lynn is sponsoring the bill. Commissioner of education Eric Smith is against it.

If it passes, school districts would have the option to adopt it, or ignore it.

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  • by gage on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    that would be great for the kids
  • by rach Location: missouri on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    me again but about the parents who sont know what to do with there kids there is always the highschoolers that are off
  • by rach Location: missouri on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    loveeee it so much great idea
  • by Dustin Location: Panama City on Feb 19, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    I am Student At Bay High School. I Wake up And am on my bus at 6:15a.m. Arrive At School About 6:20a.m. School Starts at 7:30a.m. Now that is About 70 min. That Are Just Sitting Around and Doing Homework(if you did not do it the night before) School Gets out at 2:30p.m. I get home at about 3p.m. Now i Believe that We Can add an Hour And a Half To Each Day And Save The District Some Money. That Would Make Hours From About 6:30am-3:15PM Which is (8 Hrs. 45 Min.) Compaired to our 7 Hours now. This Extra Day Would Help Student To Spend Time With Family And Help Student With jobs. And For Daycare i am Pretty Sure that One Of The Alternative High Schools Offers A Class For Child Care Services(Day Care)It would help The School and the parents. So heres what they can do. (Example)General School: Mon-Thurs. Alternative H.S.:Tues-Friday All High Schools-6:30am-3:15PM, Middle 7:30am-4:15PM ,Elm.7:30am-4:15PM. This Would Enable Teens to work jobs,Family time, While Helping The District & Taypayer
  • by Pam Location: South Florida on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    As an educator and a mother, I believe that this plan could be a good one! It would save money, give us more family time, and increase on-task work time for students. Imagine the potential for scheduling extended time for learning within content areas. Most of our "wasted" time is during transitions to and from school and class. This would be alleviated by extending the school day...longer time in the classroom that you're already seated in as a student! Feeling tired could be alleviated by a substantial afternoon snack. Extra-curricular activities could still be offered after school as many of us take our children in the evenings for these activities anyway-esp. SPORTS(6-8pm). These more involved activities (,clubs,etc) are usually offered in the upper grades here in Florida, anyway, so the concern for young children being too tired is a mute point. As a M.Ed.teacher of 20 years, I am in favor of this proposal. It has been successfully implemented in other states,too.
  • by Anne Location: Bristol on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I say go for it. It would only add 11 min. per class period here. The chronically absent could schedule their Dr. appts. on the day off. It would save our districe a lot--we have some really long bus routes. People with elem. children who already need to arrange for after school care will have to arrange for an additional whole day, or maybe a 4-day work week for themselves. They pay more taxes or they can pay for daycare. Child care should not be subsidized on the backs of the lowest paid professionals on the planet--teachers.
  • by Peg Location: Florida on Feb 19, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    The public wants a 5 day week, but is not willing to pay for it. I am sorry that our priority is not education. It is truly shameful. Teachers have been using their money to buy supplies for their classrooms. They should not have to subsidize what the public expects from the schools. A 4 day workweek makes fiscal sense. Pay more taxes or pay for daycare.
  • by Becky Location: Altamonte Elementary on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    I think it is a great idea to help save money. It would give people more time....which we all seem to have very little of. Also, on the day that we are off, there could be activities for students to participate in on those days. It would just be a restructuring of those activities...maybe create jobs for recreational activities for students. We are all stretched for so much due to budget issues, I think this is definitely worth considering.
  • by Luz Location: 6231 on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    I think that before we jump into a 4-day week or any other type of change, we should check out how other school districts that have 4 days work. I personally think we should work all year, get the same regular vacations we get now, but work less hours, so that it wont cost the county so much more. Those teachers that want there summers free can let other teachers that want to work, work in the summer. Of course any plan takes time to make and to see if it will work out, but I'm more for getting out earlier and working the entire school year.
  • by Brandy Location: Altha on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    I think a four day a week school would be great for the kids. My children would be willing to go an extra 1 1/2 a day to get a three day weekend. I don't know about Bay, but the schools here get out at 2 and 2:35.
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