By Michael Penge
Cougar News Blog
Students of CCJH recently got a chance to show how much they are loving the four-day weeks with a survey that was issued to get the opinions of the students.
A survey was taken by students and the results are now back. The majority of teachers and students prefer the four-day weeks. Nearly 88 percent of students and 90 percent of teachers like it more than traditional weeks. Teachers say it gives them more time for lessons and students say that they enjoy the extra day off.
“I prefer the four-day weeks, but I would like to see an increase in class time,” said Mrs. McQuilkin, a seventh grade science teacher.
The survey was taken by nearly all the students at Cactus Canyon to see how they are faring with the change, which happened at the beginning of this school year.
One of the downsides to the four-day weeks is school has to start much earlier with the first bell ringing at 6:50 a.m. Although, to most students, waking up earlier is an acceptable trade to get Friday off.
“It is harder to wake up in the morning, but I think the extra day is really worth it,” said Nicolas Moorhead.
Academics remain fairly untouched in terms of performance with about only 9 percent of all students saying their academics were affected negatively. When asked about the challenges they face at school 41 percent of students said they did not face any challenges due to the four-day week..
About 55 percent of parents said they preferred the four-day week, but they did have some concerns. About 26 percent said childcare was an issue on Fridays and 14 percent don’t like the earlier bus times. About 12 percent of parents said they dislike that there is less time in school. b
The change to four-day weeks was a heavily debated topic from last year where many people were opposed to the idea of getting rid of Friday in the school week. Many people thought it would lower class productivity and decrease scores for students. Now, though, with most students having adapted, it’s been shown that students and teachers are fine with the change and very accepting of it.
“The time we have to teach lesson plans has decreased, but on the upside it has forced me and my students to be more focused during class time,” said Regan Roach, an eighth grade science teacher.
In the meantime, four-day weeks are here to stay. The School Board voted in February to extend the four-day week for two more years.
“I like the four-day weeks, they give me an extra day and it feels like we’re getting the same learning experience as before,” said Moorhead.