Anna ISD school board unanimously approves moving to a four-day school week

A notebook and pencil on a desk in a school classroom
A notebook and pencil on a desk in a school classroom Photo credit Getty Images/diane39

Major changes are coming to Anna ISD; the school district is now one of the largest in North Texas that will be experimenting with a four-day work week!

Beginning next school year, classes will be scheduled from Monday to Thursday, but will also include Friday "Boot Camp" days, for students needing extra instruction for state testing.

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Anna ISD Superintendent Michael Comeaux told WFAA, "You're either the leader or the follower. If you're the follower you spend two or three years trying to catch up what other people do.

“The main focus has got to be the success of the kids."

School officials had been talking about switching to a four-day school week for the better part of two years, but finally decided to make the change after undertaking a series of studies and surveys.

The district understands what this change means for parents, especially those who work Monday through Friday.  Comeaux said this is the reason the district moved quickly to make a decision in order to give families enough time to plan before the August start time.

Comeaux hopes this plan will attract and retain teachers who want a more flexible schedule.  “I've got to have the highest quality staff members I can attract and retain and we believe this is one way," he said.

The district said it will add about 35 minutes to each day and a full extra week on the backend of the school year.

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