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Four Day School Week Resources

January 10, 2019

Northwestern R-I Community:

Recently the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) set the requirements that a school year must meet a minimum of 1,044 instructional hours.  This rule removed the requirement of a total number of calendar days and left school calendar decisions to be made locally by each school’s Board of Education.  As a result of the removal of a minimum number of school days an increasing number of schools are choosing to implement a four day school week.  Many of these schools slightly lengthened their school day to meet the 1,044 instructional hours in a four day school week.  Several area schools are entertaining the idea of moving to a four day week, and a few have already voted to do so in the 2019-2020 school year.

Dr. Jon S. Turner from Missouri State University has been researching the four day school week extensively.  Through his work he has compiled a very useful collection of resources that help explain the concept of a four day school week.  Please browse the link below for information on this topic. 


Dr. Jon S. Turner-Four Day School Week Resources



If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 660.272.3201 or at ehoyt@northwestern.k12.mo.us.



Eric Hoyt
Northwestern R-I

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