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Compressed workweek pilot

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is piloting a compressed workweek schedule, effective this July. The pilot is for CCPS 12-month employees over a period of four weeks this summer. Participation in the pilot schedule requires employee supervisor approval but is also optional. The schedule will begin Monday, July 11, and end Friday, Aug. 5.

A compressed workweek is when an employee works their contracted hours that normally span five days, in fewer than five days. For example, an employee who is contracted to work 40 hours per week who normally works 8 hours, five days per week can opt to work four, 10-hour days with one day off during the week.

A compressed workweek schedule may be one of the following:

  • Four, 10-hour days per week with one day off per week.
  • Four, 9-hour days and one 4-hour day per week (employee can take off the morning or afternoon of the fifth day).
  • Four, 8.5-hour days and one 3.75-hour day per week (employee can take off the morning or afternoon of the fifth day). Note: This option is only available to 12-month employees who are contracted to work 37.5 hours a week.

Compressed workweek schedules must fall between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Supervisors will assess department and/or office needs when approving employees for compressed work schedules, as operations must continue as normal during core business hours.

During the pilot, CCPS will continue to operate Monday through Friday. The standard summer hours schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starts July 5 and ends Aug. 5. Employees not interested in working a compressed workweek can follow the standard summer hours schedule.

CCPS policy is outlined below. Employees considering the compressed workweek schedule should first review the policy before requesting supervisor approval. Supervisors provide final approval.

Flexible Schedule Compressed Workweek Policy

Alternative work schedules such as a compressed workweek are arrangements that support the school system’s efforts to help employees with work-life balance.  

A compressed workweek allows full-time employees to work longer days for part of the week in exchange for shorter days or a day off each week. 

Compressed workweek schedules could be one of the following:

  • Four 10-hour days each week and a day off each week.
  • Four 9-hour days and one 4-hour day each week (one afternoon or morning off each week).
  • Four 8.5-hour days each week and 3.75 hours one day (e.g. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday is a 3.75-hour workday with the morning off.).

Compressed workweek schedules must meet the following requirements for consideration:

  • Operational requirements must be met.
  • Services to our community stakeholders must be maintained or improved.
  • Costs to Charles County Public Schools will not increase.
  • Each department or operation must be covered during normal/core business hours.

Requirements for compressed workweek approval include:

  • Employees must request a compressed workweek schedule through their direct managers or supervisors. The decision of the department head is final.
  • Managers and supervisors are encouraged to approve employees' requests for compressed workweek arrangements whenever it is possible to do so without compromising the school system’s business needs, operations, or goals.
  • Requests to modify a compressed work schedule and/or work hours will be considered on the basis of the above requirements.

Approved compressed workweek schedules will meet the following standards;

  • Compressed workweek schedules will not diminish the ability of Charles County Public Schools to assign responsibility and accountability to individual employees for the provision of services and performance of their duties.
  • When a paid holiday falls on an employee's regularly scheduled day off, the employee will be given another day off during that pay period.

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