4-day school week (Tuesday-Friday)
We will continue to operate with a 4-day school week for the 2019-20 school year.
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
Kindergarten 850 hours
Grades 1-6 935 hours
Pelican Rapids High School
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
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.
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
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.