Building A Pool Of Oregon Babysitters

There’s a lot of talk here in Oregon about schools moving to a four-day week. Whether it’s about cost-cutting or streamlining to make things more consistent, schools are dealing with tough decisions and parents are brainstorming how to care for their kids on that “day off.”

NPR’s Tony Cox spoke with Donald Kordosky, the superintendent of Oakridge School in community of Oakridge, Oregon, where the cutting of one school day is moving forward.

But the nice thing is that Kordosky has a plan — get high school and junior high students trained in Red Cross first aid and babysitting skills so that there’s a built-in pool of child care providers for working parents.

I love this idea and hope other schools in Oregon struggling with this challenge are as forward-thinking. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!