With states looking to balance budgets, more school districts are considering switching to four-day school weeks.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, an organization that helps inform state lawmakers about legislation around the country, more than 120 districts in 20 states currently operate schools four days a week.
Reducing school weeks to four days would save money on transportation costs. With gas prices at record highs, such a move could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings for school districts over the course of a full year. Districts would also save money on reduced hours for custodians and school lunch employees.
The four remaining school days would be extended to make up for instructional time missed on the fifth day. Advocates argue that moving to a four-day week is a better alternative than laying off teachers or reducing programs. But extended school days can be tough for younger students who may get restless as the day progresses, and can create logistical problems for parents who work full time.