WINTERS, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Winters ID plans to move to a 4-day week for the next school year.
District officials say a committee recently met and formed two schedules – one based on a 5-day school week and the other based on a 4-day school week, and after feedback from staff , the 4-day school week schedule received the most support.
When creating the schedule, the committee found solutions to issues such as what to do with the students on the “off” day, providing meals, the length of the school day, etc.
If the 4-day schedule were adopted, each school day would increase by 15 minutes. For example, elementary students would go to school from 7:40 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. That means students will be in school 125 minutes less a year than they would if a 5-day schedule were adopted, but district officials say that’s minimal time if spread over the 153 school days.
The 4-day schedule would have school ending on May 25, with graduation on May 26.
Students will also be able to attend the Winters ISD Afterschool Center for Education, which is usually open in the summer, for 5 hours every Friday if needed and the district will also provide breakfast and lunch for each Winters ISD student throughout the year.
Winters ISD Superintendent Sean Leamon hopes that if the 4-day school week is passed, it will help tackle teacher and student burnout while promoting a more positive school environment and better mental health.
“Covid has had a major impact on students and adults over the past two years. This has been one of the toughest years in education statewide for everyone and we’re going to continue to see the ripple effects over the next few years,” says Leamon. “Our hope is to retain and attract great teachers, provide the best education for our students, and put WISD on the map as a district doing whatever it takes to achieve these goals.”
It’s unclear when Winters ISD will make an official decision on its schedule, but it’s currently being considered for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.
Learn more about the proposal on the Winters ISD Facebook page.