MERKEL, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Merkel ISD is considering making a last-minute decision to switch to a 4-day week for the 2022-2023 school year.
On Thursday evening, school board members will make a decision on the proposed 4-day schedule, which includes most Mondays off for students.
The new schedule includes 500 daily minutes of class time, which is a slight increase from the 465 daily minutes Merkel ISD students attend during a 5-day school week.
This means that if adopted, Merkel Elementary students will attend school from 7:40 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Merkel Middle students will attend school from 7:35 a.m. to 4:22 p.m., and Merkel High students will attend from 7:35 a.m. morning to 4:10 p.m.
Another change is an earlier start to the school year – the 4-day calendar will start on August 15, instead of August 17, which is the current scheduled start of the school year. Both calendars have the same holidays and the same school end date.
Merkel ISD also wants to assure parents that they will have the opportunity to look after students who are too young to stay home on Mondays that they would have free during the 4-day school week.
Staff also say they will make sure students don’t have too much homework due to the shortened week.
A poll found that 2/3 of parents and teachers at Merkel ISD are in favor of the 4-day school week, which is why school board members are considering making a last-minute change to the schedule on Thursday.
The members will render their decision on Thursday evening. Click here to view the proposed schedule.
Read the full letter explaining the proposed changes from Merkel ISD Superintendent Joseph O’Malley below:
BigCountryHomepage.com will provide an update once the decision is made.