Pueblo City Schools To Implement 4-Day Week
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On Tuesday, March 27th: Pueblo City Schools (D60) held a vote in the School Board to implement a four-day school week for all schools and students in the 2018-2019 academic school year. This vote, which would add about five minutes to elementary class’ time and 30-45 minutes extra on middle and high-school class’ times, ended in a 4-to-1 favor of implementing it, possibly saving 1.4 million dollars each year.
While on the surface this seems like a simple change and seemingly would have little or no implications: it actually has some people concerned. This plan would, for some students, restrict the amount of food they obtain each week, restrict entertainment and exercise, add time to be mischievous, and maybe for others: give them time to forget what they have learned earlier that week.
Therefore, Pueblo City Schools is attempting to possibly use the extra 1.4 million dollars to leverage for more activities in the city or schools on the longer weekend, maybe provide food on Fridays to those who need it, even implement a slightly more rigorous curriculum in order to assist students in remembering content. Nothing as far as solutions are official just yet.
Despite the challenges of this idea, PCS (Pueblo City Schools) thoroughly believe that this is the best move for the district. Even though there is a mixed opinion from students and parents, all of them (and us at The Centennialight) look optimistically forward and believe that we can solve the issues that arise and still provide sufficient education for our youth.