Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

The Four Day Week

Banner County School Settling Into Optional Fridays

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 school...