Vermilion Parish School Board to discuss possibility of a 4-day school week

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The Vermilion Parish School Board will discuss the possibility of a four-day school week to help with budget issues in the future.

The possibility of this four-day school and work week would be Tuesday through Friday, submitted by Board Member Chris Gautreaux.

Jason Harrington, an itinerant music teacher in Vermilion Parish, says he is excited about the possibility of this change.

News 10 asked, “What was your first initial reaction?”

“I think that there’s a lot of potential there. I don’t think it necessarily means an extra day off for anybody,” explained Harrington. “I think it just means an extra day each week that’s flexible that can be used in a lot of different ways.”

That extra day, according to Harrington, could be used for a day to plan things for extracurricular activities. 

“There’s school districts all over the nation that are kind of being a little creative about how they’re using that fifth day. Some are using it for extra remedial work for students who need it for make up work for students who miss. It’s a day to plan things for clubs for bands for athletes,” added Harrington.

The catch, from what Harrington is hearing, is that that extra day would mean longer class periods Tuesday through Friday.

“From what I understand, if the four day work or the four day week were enacted then the extra minutes would be added to each period of the day so rather than being a 50 minute class period. It may be an hour and 10 minute class period,” said Harrington.

News 10 reached out to Superintendent Jerome Puyau and Board Member Chris Gautreaux, but both were unavailable for comment.

The school board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

To access the meeting agenda, click here.

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