Tintic students to move to 4-day school week

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Students in the rural Tintic School District will be switching to a four-day school week.

The State Board of Education voted Friday to approve the proposal that would give students in the western Juab County district longer days for four days of the week and Fridays off.

“This is for kids who live in a very rural area where they have to bus kids a sizeable area. It’s just a way for them to save some money,” said Mark Peterson with the Utah State Office of Education.

Students in Utah are required to have 990 hours of instruction over 180 days; Tintic’s plan meets the hour requirement and they won a waiver on the days.

About 500 kids currently use the four-day week in the Rich, Tabiona and Lake Powell Districts.