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Morehouse Parish Schools not alone in four-day week

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COLUMBIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Students are heading back to school, but in Morehouse Parish students will spend one less day a week in the classroom this year. The district is going to a four day week with longer days as part of budget cuts made this past school year. But, Morehouse Parish is not along in going this route. Caldwell Parish went to a similar schedule seven years ago, and it seems to be working.

Caldwell Parish teacher Debbie Evans says, "Our students love it, our teachers love it, our administration loves it. I think its very positive, its been a good thing. I think its been good for our families."

Debbie Evans teaches four days a week in Caldwell Parish. She says switching to a shorter week has been very positive.

Caldwell students go to school Tuesdays through Fridays with Mondays off. Making that change meant adding time to each school day.
     
"Students are resilient and they can change easily, it was teachers that had to really take a step back and say okay how does this affect me...what am I used to, says Debbie Evans"

Caldwell Parish parents and teacher Denise Kelly says, "Getting in a routine so they can get to bed early to accommodate for them waking up early, make sure to have them some kind of snacks or food when they get home because that was the hardest thing for the younger children. If they didn't have a good breakfast or a good lunch or snack throughout the day that extra hour did kind of hurt them, but the older children they did pretty well with that."


Morehouse Parish will have a back to school bash Monday the 18th to answer any parents questions. It will begin Monday evening at six at Bastrop High School.

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