Chattooga High School students walk out in protest over having to attend school 5 days a week

Pictured is Chattooga High School in Summerville, Ga., on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Chattooga County, Ga., has adopted a four-day school week, and teachers, students and administrators say they prefer the shorter week. The county has also taken on other cost-cutting measures, like reducing the amount of electricity used and being more mindful about seemingly minor spending.

Chattooga High School students walked out of class in protest to the Board of Education's decision to move back to a 5-day-a-week schedule.

About 600 students walked out around 12:30 p.m. today, Superintendent Jim Lenderman said. Administrators and teachers were all looped in to the plan several days in advance and prepared to monitor the protest. Some students were on lunch breaks during the walk out.

Schools in Chattooga County have been closed on Mondays since 2010. It started as a cost-saving measure, but Lenderman argued it also improved morale and helped attract new teachers who wanted permanent three-day weekends.

But on Jan. 17, the board voted, 4-1, to return to a standard schedule this fall. Three new board members - Sammy Ballard, Brad Hayes and Julia Houston - advocated for the change during last year's campaign.