4 Day School Week: Yay Or Nay?

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June 7, 2010

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about four day school weeks–MSN.com did an article on it just this weekend. Apparently, more than 120 school districts around the country have already instituted shorter school weeks to save money and believe it or not, it’s improving performance.

As a mom, I have to say the thought of a four day school week makes me tremble. My daughter is still a few years away from kindergarten, but I need her in school all five days. Heck, I’m even looking into schools that require her to attend on Saturdays. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter very much and love spending time with her, but one day she’s not in school means one day I can’t be at work. And if we want to live comfortably and eat well, I need to be able to work. So good for the schools trying to save a buck, but what about what a four day school week will cost parents who have to make alternate arrangements for their children?

What do you think of a shorter school week? Would you embrace it or would it be a burden to find childcare for that new day off? If you’re a mom who already has to deal with a four day school week, here are a few ways to deal:

1. SitterCity.com. This convenient online babysitter tool hooks you up with sitters in your area. You can get a background check and connect with other parents that have used the sitters you’re considering to see if he/she will be a fit with your family.

2. Grandma’s house. Throw some toys, books and a few snacks in this cool polka dot DwellStudio backpack and send your little ones off to their grandparent’s house for the day.

3. Activity Books. If you have to stay home, might as well make it enjoyable and educational. The Fun With Franklin math activity book ($2) reinforces what your child would have been learning in school with a character he/she is sure to recognize from TV.

 

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