The San Elizario ISD 4-day Week

"Soaring Higher Together" in 2023-2024!

San Elizario ISD plans a 4-day School Week Beginning in 2023-2024 school year.

The San Elizario ISD held two bilingual parent information meetings for the "Soaring Higher Together" 2023- 2024 School Year District Calendar on the following dates:

November 15, 2022

5:30 PM--San Elizario High School Auditorium


November 16, 2022

9:00 AM--Central Office Board Room

If you missed these meetings, please read this newsletter, which will cover the basics of the 4-day school week and address some common questions. The innovative shift from a traditional 5-day week will help retain and recruit the best teachers and staff.

Let's learn more!

"Soaring Higher Together"

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Why Mondays?

For several reasons, Mondays were chosen as the day off (instead of Fridays). Federal holidays are usually on Mondays. We still want to honor these holiday Mondays (Labor Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, etc.). With Fridays off, we would need to go to school on these holidays or extend the school year. Additionally, our district attendance records show Mondays typically have higher student and staff absences than Fridays, making Mondays the best choice.

How is this all going to work?

Now that we understand that we are looking at a 4-day school week for 2023-2024, with Mondays off, how will the year be structured?

Let's examine this in greater detail.

In a 4-day week, how many minutes might students go to school?

Draft A—495 minutes

Draft B—525 minutes

Note: This a draft—the exact number of daily minutes is still being determined.

In a 4-day week, how many minutes per day might teachers be on duty?

Draft A—505 minutes

Draft B—535 minutes

Note: This is a draft—the exact number of daily minutes that teachers would be on duty is still being determined. It is estimated, however, that teachers will work fewer minutes overall than in a 5-day calendar although each day is longer.

4-day Calendar Timeline

The proposed timeline for the adoption of the 2023-2024 district calendar is as follows:

November - December 2022--Sharing the plan with all stakeholders, Q, and A

December 2022--Employees select their 4-day preferred calendar variation.

January 2023--The Board of Trustees will vote on the final 4-day calendar for 2023-2024. The calendar will be shared on our website, with follow-up information sent to parents.

January 2023 to July 2023--There are six months for families to get ready for this innovative calendar!

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The Advantages of a 4-day School Week

Let's explore the reasons for shifting to an innovative, 4-day weekly school calendar from 2023 to 2024.

What are the potential disadvantages to a 4-day school week?

While the reasons for pursuing the 4-day school week are numerous, there are also some potential considerations to think about and plan for.
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Quotes from Educators Serving in 4-day School Districts

"The students realized early on that school time is business time. You have to get down to business while you're here."--Candy Becker, Teacher in Dime Box ISD

"I think the change to four days has allowed us to be the teachers we truly desire to be, giving our kids the best possible learning experience, while renewing our mental devotion to the profession we felt driven to join."--Shana Myers, Apache Junction Unified District, Phoenix Arizona

“I think the biggest positive that has come from this is that the ‘Monday blues’ really are not there come Tuesday, the first day of the school week. My students come in and are ready to learn.”--Kaylie Clare Sherman, Teacher in Dime Box ISD

“We were 18 miles from the nearest store, so you have to plan your trips into town accordingly. I had to take my kids out of school less often, because we just scheduled all of that kind of stuff on the day off.”--April Lanotte, Parent to 3 Students in Rural Colorado

“Anybody that had eyes or ears knew that this impending teacher shortage was coming and our view was it was only going to get worse for the foreseeable future. You have to think outside the box and think creatively.”--Randy Brawner, Superintendent of Chico ISD

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If you have further questions, please communicate with us via email at or phone at (915) 872-3900.

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