Lakewood Elementary Faculty Making up for Lost Classroom Time

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Arctic temperatures, slick roads and water problems are the three big reasons for continuous school closings this year.

Wednesday was another day off for students, so the faculty at Lakewood Elementary spent the day coming up with a plan that will get students back up to speed.

“It is a very unusual circumstance,” Kathi McCormick, the school’s reading interventionist, said.

Students have only spent two full days in the classroom since the New Year started.

There have been 14 cancellations, three two-hour delays and an early dismissal.

Even Jill Sallade's kindergarten students can tell you that's a lot of lost learning time.

“We're looking at every subject area. We're saying 'what is essential, what is critical,’” Sallade said.

“We're really taking a really close look at the curriculum and how we can restructure the rest of this year so we can make every minute count,” McCormick said.

Teachers are now trimming their lesson plans to include only what's most important, and they're getting creative.

“Our P.E. teacher has gone to every grade level and he's worked in, for instance -- when they're doing their sit-ups and stretches, he's going to work in math facts and math terms,” principal Kelly Haynes said.

To make sure their students stay on track, teachers are extending the learning process beyond school walls.

“We're creating a letter to parents letting them know what they can do to support without overwhelming them,” Sallade said.

They’re spending what they hope is their last day without students preparing a plan of action.

“I was excited to come today,” Sallade said.

Teachers at Lakewood Elementary are confident that the loss in classroom time will not impact this year's test scores.

They also say students will be ready for the next grade by the end of the school year.

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