Four-day school week?

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 28, 2018

"If we could have continued doing it, I would have liked to."

Robert DiFrancesco is the former school principal at Niagara Catholic Jr/Sr High School in Niagara Falls. For four years during his tenure as head of school, from 2007-2011, the school ran on a schedule of four day weeks.

It's an approach some schools across the country are now taking to cut costs, but DiFrancesco says that wasn't the reason for Niagara Catholic.

"We were looking for an opportunity to make the school shine, make our children shine," he said.

He says the extra day off gave students a chance to experience the "real world" one day a week for internships or part-time jobs.

"To stay in educational mode, not sleep until 9:30 a.m..)

During this time, students also received the same amount of classroom instruction. The only catch...a slightly longer school day in turn for Mondays off.

The four-day week ended in 2011, when the high school merged with the middle school.

Current principal Robert Cluckey says as of right now, bringing it back is not in the school's plan.

 "Right now there are things that are preparing our kids better," he said.


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