All the recent winter weather has kept kids out of the classroom and with standardized testing around the corner, schools systems will be trying play catch up.
CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - All the recent winter weather has kept kids out of the classroom and with standardized testing around the corner, school systems will be trying to play catch up.
Schools in the area have now missed 10 days thanks to snow. All the major school districts, say that while the missed time definitely interrupts education, all of the teachers and administrators will be doing everything they can to make sure kids are learning the curriculum they need to.
Being out of the classroom for days in a row, especially right before SOL testing, can be detrimental and put added pressure on everyone.
"With all of these days out of school and standardized testing on the horizon, I don't think it is an unrealistic expectation that test scores might go down," says Donald Wilms of the Chesterfield Education Association. "Stress on both students and teachers is rather difficult. Students want to do well and want to pass. Teachers want their students to do well and want to pass."
"It's tough they've missed out on a lot," says parent Amy Ziegler. "For… kindergarten, it's not that big of a deal, but it is for the older kids. It's really tough with all the testing."
While every school district recognizes that consistently interrupted learning time is not ideal, they have plans in place to help play catch up. It's different for every school, but could include extra review time or tutoring.
"We are definitely going to do what we need to do in order to make sure our students are prepared," says Richmond Schools Spokesperson Felicia Cosby.
As for making up all these snow days, Hanover had 10 built in snow days. Tuesday was number 10. Richmond had 15 built in days. The rest of the localities have yet to announce further plans on any make up days.