I’m back at school after my fourth 3-day weekend in a row. We have had three day weekends due to the Venezuelan energy crisis. I wonder if the governmentally owned schools only have two days of school like other governmental offices? We have another scheduled for this weekend too!
Sadly, like I learned in economics class, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. We now have extended school days!
Thankfully, we only have to stay until 4PM, Monday-Thursday. I am nearly always here until that time anyway, but now, instead of leading an after school yoga club or dance workout, I’m teaching. Instead of having a meeting I will be teaching. Instead of providing after school support to struggling children, I will be teaching. Instead of being able to plan for the next couple of weeks, I will be teaching (thankfully I will have one day to plan like I normally would). You get the idea.
The one thing that I’m not sure about will be how long the 4 PM dismissal will take since the whole elementary school will be leaving instead of going to an after school club, sports, or student support.
However, this is a price that I am very willing to pay for a three day weekend! I think this schedule is very doable if you plan well. When I used to work for the Department of Justice I loved my 4/10 schedule with every Friday off, but I am curious how well the students will like it. I wonder if there are other schools that regularly have four-day work weeks?
Comment below: Would you want to teach with a four-day work week? Do you know of an elementary school that has four day weeks?
Yes to the four day week. There is no actual reason to have a 5 day week. With proper planning everything can get done in 4 days. However, I don’t even think that the actual school day needs to be extended.
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Our school in Spain used to go til 4 Mon-Fri. The kids would get home from school around 5 depending on if they took the bus or if they had an after school. It makes for a long day but they were used to it. I always felt bad for the teachers though because I know their day doesn’t end when the kids go home. On the flip side, we are now in the Netherlands, and my youngest has a half day every Wed, they finish school by 3:15 and my oldest (in secondary) has a schedule that is closer related to that of a college student with different start and end times. As a parent who has to drive them (there is no bus here), it’s incredibly challenging!
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Our normal school day is from 7:40-2:55 with after school activities from 2:55-3:45. Students in upper school finish at 2:30. I would love to hear about other international school schedules!
They would go from 830- 350 (355 for upper class) with after school from 4-5 when we lived in barcelona. I miss it ;). Now it’s 830-315 for my youngest and 830-325 give or take for my oldest but depends on the day. He starts and finishes at different times but that’s the max on a given day.
I wish I had that schedule while I was in high school!
Seriously! He’s in 6th grade! I think in the NL, they assume most kids by this age are riding their bikes and so can release themselves. But we live 5 miles from school and he’s just not ready.