• 4-day school week (Tuesday-Friday)

    We will continue to operate with a 4-day school week for the 2019-20 school year.


    School hours

    The school board has approved a change in the instructional day as a cost savings measure for the 2019-20 school year.

    • Elementary school day will begin at 7:45am and end at 3:15pm
    • High school day will start at 7:55am and end at 3:25pm 

    Minnesota statutes requires the following instructional hours per year. Pelican Rapids exceeds the state minimum. The district remains committed to providing a quality education for each of our students. 


    Instructional Hours 2019-20 School Year

    State Mandated Hours

    Viking Elementary

    1,039 hours

    Kindergarten    850 hours

    Grades 1-6        935 hours

    Pelican Rapids High School

    1,025 hours

    Grades 7-12   1,020

    For more information:

    Minnesota Department of Education; MARRS Manual; APPENDIX B – INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS/LENGTH OF DAY (https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/schfin/MARSS/inst/)

    2018 Minnesota Statues 120A.41 Length of School Year; hours of instruction (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/120A.41)

  • Everybody Wins with a Four Day School Week


    Students Win:

    Benefits for Students

    ·       Student attendance improves

    ·       Student achievement is generally not affected in some schools they see a slight bump up .

    ·       Students benefit from less interrupted class time as a result of longer class periods and fewer transitions at all grade levels.

    ·       Students share more positive attitudes about school. Consequently, there is a marked improvement in school morale.

    ·       Student drop-out rates decline.

    ·       Student disciplinary referrals decrease.

    ·       There is more time for participation in extracurricular activities and for personal business, such as doctor appointments.

    ·       Students report they are better able to manage part-time employment.


    Parents Win:

    Benefits for Parents

    ·       Doctor and Dentist appointments can be done on Mondays without students losing class time

    ·       5th day programs are available on  Monday

    ·       More family time over a longer weekend


    School Wins:

    Benefits for the School in General:

    ·       Significant savings on heating and utility bills, substitute teacher pay, school buses, and building wear and tear.

    ·       Can make up school days missed due to inclement weather on what would have been the fifth school day instead of at the end of the school year.