The Waco School District in southeast Iowa is planning a four-day school week with extended classes Monday through Thursday and optional time for activities on Friday.
The district is working toward the four-day week ahead of next year. The district has about 500 students and includes the communities of Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds.
The plan, which has been approved by the state education board, will be closely watched by education officials. School Board President Tim Graber says Waco is the first in Iowa to be given the opportunity.
While school on Friday is optional, officials believe most students will participate. The activities will vary between grade levels. Elementary students will get reading assistance while high school students will be directed toward career advancement.