TIOGA, Texas (KTEN) — Only a handful of the 1,029 public school districts in the State of Texas have a four-day week. The Tioga Independent School District is now considering such a shift.

Parents packed a Monday night meeting of the school board as a proposal to scale back instructional days for the 2022-2023 calendar was up for discussion.

The district believes the COVID-19 pandemic has caused both teachers and students to be overworked. The proposal would have students attending classes on Tuesday through Friday, with each school day extended by 30 minutes to make up for the classroom time lost.

Tioga trustees also noted kindergarten through third grade teachers have until 2023 to complete a 60-hour reading academy course in order to keep their jobs.

Parents at the meeting were generally sour on the idea, citing additional costs for child care and student learning. 

"One of my main concerns is that the employees that I employ might have problems with child care and maybe not be able to work on a Monday," said Tioga parent Sean Hailey. "Unfortunately, with the line of business that I'm in, that's not acceptable. If they're not able to work Monday, then I've got to find people that can."

The Tioga ISD school board decided to table the discussion until further research is done.

The Center for Reinventing Public Education says at least 550 districts in 25 states have implemented a four-day week. About 100 Oklahoma school districts are included in that number.

As reported by KPRC-TV, the Texas Education Agency issued this statement about a four-day school week: 

As long as a Texas public school system meets the required threshold of 75,600 operational minutes, school calendar decisions — such as electing to transition to a four-day week — fall under local purview.