Ohio school district switching to four-day school week: 'We're burnt out'


North College Hill City school district in Ohio has adopted a new learning approach for the upcoming shool year, having teachers and students only come into school four days a week, while giving them a day to do unsupervised work at home.

School district superintendent Eugene Blalock Jr. told local WCPO 9 Cincinnati he believes this "could be a model that could save the profession of education."

Board members of the Cincinnati school district reportedly voted unanimously to incorporate the "blended learning" model into their upcoming 2023-2024 school year, recognizing its success when employed during the pandemic.

This decision makes North College Hill City school district the first district in Ohio to adopt this blended model schedule. It will affect the 1,400 students and 150 teachers that comprise the district.

Other schools in the nation have voted to adopt the four-day school week. Last year, the board members for Independence School District near Kansas City, Missouri, voted six-to-one to adopt a similarly abridged week.

A calendar on the district’s website confirmed that the changes have already been accounted for, showing that each Monday during the school year has been labeled a "Blended Learning Day."

Blalock told WCPO 9 Cincinnati recently that the move would encourage educators to work for the district and help alleviate the stresses of hardworking staff.

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