ISD Superintendent Dr. Dale Herl has spoken with members of local media when asked about the possibility of a four-day school week in the Independence School District.

Going 360: Exploring 4-day school weeks in Missouri

By: Dan Cohen KSHB 41

Posted at 5:00 AM, Sep 26, 2022and last updated 7:37 PM, Sep 26, 2022

PLATTSBURG, Mo. — In Missouri, 141 school districts in the state are adding by subtracting.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Independence School District will begin exploring four-day instructional school weeks, according to a district spokesperson.

The ISD school board unanimously passed a measure to explore four-day weeks as an option during Tuesday’s board meeting.

The decision will open the door for the district to gather more information on the option.

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LATHROP, Mo. — A major school district in the Kansas City metro could be considering a four-day school week.

On Tuesday night, the Independence Board of Education could take the first step toward looking at how a shorter week would work.

There’s an item on the meeting agenda asking for approval to explore a four-day school week, something that’s become a growing trend in Missouri.

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The schedule change is designed to boost recruiting and keeping staff as schools across the country struggle with teacher shortages.

The Independence school board launched an exploration Tuesday night into a possible four-day week — as schools across the country face an increasing shortage of teachers and other workers.

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