SHEPHERD — Shepherd ISD administrators are seeking community input to a possible switch to a full-time 4-day week.
Because of feedback offered previously from staff, students, parents, guardians, and the community, a 4-day calendar has been created.
Administrators say the move is needed in order for the district to be competitive in the job market, as it offers an incentive that is attractive to recruit and retain quality staff, particularly since East Texas has much larger districts offering more salary than SISD can afford.
Additionally, surrounding districts have adopted 4-day instructional weeks which allow them to fill positions with highly qualified teachers, aides, bus drivers, etc.
Other benefits the schedule change offers is improved student and staff morale, improved student and staff attendance rates and a decrease in disciplinary issues.
In the future, the district will host a “hybrid” town hall-type meeting through Zoom, and a digital attendance area at SISD.
More information about the survey and 4-day weeks can be found at shorturl.at/mnqzN.
The 4-day Academic Calendar 2023-2024 Survey can be found at http://ow.ly/4U7n50N1ZAy.