The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


The Student Newspaper of Paint Branch High School


Pros of a Four-Day School Week and Why We Should Adopt It

Do you ever sit in class on a Friday and watch the clock, waiting for the bell to ring? Or, have you ever wished that every weekend could be a three-day weekend? 

Of course, almost any student could hear “shorter school week” and automatically be in favor of it.Yet after hearing the benefits of it, I’m sure parents, school staff, and communities will also favor it. The simple benefit that everyone should be behind is evidence showing that a shorter school week can help student morale, improve attendance, and raise overall grades.

All across the nation, public schools have struggled with student attendance, and a shorter school week may be a valid solution. This, according to multiple sources, is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the bad habits many young students picked up during this time. Carol Vidal, MD, writing for the National Institutes of Health’s Library of Medicine, notes that attendance for students has been bad since 2021 and doesn’t seem to be getting better. To me, this issue can be addressed by making each school week shorter, as it will bring more motivation for students to show up because full weeks can be daunting.

According to the article “Does Four Equal Five? Implementation and Outcomes of the Four-Day School Week’‘ published by the Rand Corporation, studies in Idaho, New Mexico, and Oklahoma found that when a school switched to a four-day school week it saw improvements in student attendance, attitude, and emotional well-being. All of these benefits combined could lead to better mental health for the student body as a whole. With students in a better head space, they will be more willing to learn, therefore making teachers more excited to teach.

If students are in school attending their classes more often they will, without a doubt, be capable of higher test scores. According to MIT-conducted research by D. Mark Anderson and Mary Beth Walker, shorter weeks lead to better attendance, better focus within classrooms, and ultimately better test scores in general. If better test scores are achievable, shouldn’t we try our best to achieve them? This would be a great help to teacher morale as well, as teachers will be more motivated to teach students who actually want to learn. Overall, higher test scores can inpact positively on both teachers and students.

The better grades and attendance that come with a shorter school week affect students in many ways and all of this leads to higher student morale. With a more vigorous morale, students become more excited about school and extracurricular activities. As a result, students will be more motivated to achieve academic success and be more involved in the school community. This will benefit everyone within the school and out, with parents being content with their children’s education, the school having higher test scores, and most of all students being on the road to a bigger and brighter future.

Overall, I believe that a fou-day school week would be a great way to impact students and school communities. The value in it is not only that it offers more time off for students and staff, but creates a better academic experience that improves teaching and learning.

-Elizabeth Hernandez-Bustamante, Staff Writer

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Are you someone that enjoys the calm and chill vibes that fall brings? The leaves change and then fall, the temperature goes down, not too hot, not too cold, and the days get ever so shorter. Freshman Elizabeth Hernandez, is a down to earth, relatable person. Who can easily create a comfortable environment and keep a conversation interesting. Let's get to know her a little bit. Life is an active roller coaster but Elizabeth remains strong and excited about it, which is probably why she rates life pretty highly right now. She replied with “Honestly I would say like a 9 out of 10, “you know I’m a little tired.” We all can agree with that because who’s not tired? Moving more into Elizabeth's lifestyle, she says that if her life was a song it would be titled “Changes,” something many can relate to. In fact, could there be a better answer? It’s something that everyone experiences whether they like it or not, but everyone can change how they deal with it. With reference to food choices like pizza toppings Elizabeth likes to keep it simple, as a good pepperoni pizza is all that's needed. As for music, Elizabeth’s favorite artists at the moment consist of Rihanna and Drake. One question that’s always interesting to ask is whether a person is more into dogs or cats. According to Elizabeth she prefers cats, though she has a dog. While on the subject of animals, Elizabeth when asked what animal she thinks best represents herself, states that she would say a dog for their lovely qualities. “I would say dogs, because they like to get distracted easily and that’s something that happens to me a lot,” she states. Fun fact about Elizabeth is that she speaks fluent Spanish. Another interesting fact on Elizabeth is just what superpower she would have. She states, “Teleportation so you don't have to be late to class and walk up all the stairs”. By: Michael Evans

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