Elementary schools and full-day kindergartens will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Middle and high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:32 p.m.
To address concerns from parents about child care on Mondays, the district will offer child care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a fee of $30 per child per day.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 560 districts in 25 states have schools on a four-day schedule. More than half of these districts are located in four states: Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon. In Colorado, 98 districts are on a four-day week, but most are in rural areas. Around 13 percent of Colorado students attend school four days per week.
More research is needed into how a four-day week affects student behavior, performance and outcome. One 2015 study out of Colorado showed improved math scores among students on a four-day week. However, a 2016 study showed a potential negative impact — a 73 percent increase in juvenile property crime.
More information on the four-day school week in the 27J district can be found here.