Cossatot River School District has announced that it will be one of six districts in Arkansas planning to move next school year from the traditional five-days-a-week to a four-day school week.
Other school districts making the switch in the 2020-2021 school year include: England schools, East End schools in Bigelow (Perry County), Viola schools (Fulton County), Norfork schools (Baxter County), and Western Yell County, Westside schools (Johnson County). Other schools are reportedly considering such a move.
Four-day school weeks have been rare but not unprecedented in Arkansas. The once tiny Saratoga School District in Howard County, now part of the Mineral Springs School District, is one that tried the schedule in the past.
The Kirby School District in Pike County has found that a Monday-through-Thursday schedule has worked well. The schedule has helped attract teacher job applicants and students, buoyed the atmosphere in the district, and generated a little revenue and a bit of savings, according to Kirby school district superintendent Pike Palmer.
Kirby’s enrollment this school year was 384, up from 361 in the 2018-2019 school year.
The Cossatot River School District has campuses in Wickes, Cove, and Umpire. The main high school campus is located on U.S. Highway 71 between Wickes and Cove. Administration Offices are headquartered in Wickes.