Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

The Four Day Week

Banner County School Settling Into Optional Fridays


February 6, 2020

Daria Anderson-Faden / The Observer

Banner County students Jamie Triolo and Riley Jones learn how to do screen printing as they help make 150 T-shirts with the saying "I Love Banner County School" for the entire student body and staff in celebration of "I Love Public Schools" day.

The atmosphere in the K-12 school was shockingly relaxed. Students were enjoying themselves, yet they were fully engaged in Option Enrollment Friday (O.E.F.) activities at Banner County School.

The OEF program in Banner County is the first of it's kind in Nebraska.

The mandatory school week is four days while the fifth day, Friday, which is optional for the students, is an enrichment day. Between 65% to 85% of the students voluntarily come to school on Fridays.

Planning for a four day week began in December of 2017 and continued with community meetings, surveys and finally a vote by the s...

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