Tuesday is the 10th snow day for most school districts in the Richmond area this year, and administrators are trying to figure out how to make up for lost classroom time. Could Spring Break and other holidays be in jeopardy?
The extra snow time means perfecting your sledding technique at Forest Hill Park.
"I do not miss the homework," said 11-year-old Evyn Greenfield.
There's a lot of free time too.
"I made a snowboard course in my neighborhood," said 7-year-old Blake Ingold.
"I get to go outside and play with some of my friends," said 10-year-old Angel Beliz.
Even teachers like Becky Whitson are taking on the hills, but she says these classroom interruptions can be frustrating.
"Hope there's not too many more snow days to keep them from falling back behind," she said.
And parents wonder: how will their children make up for lost time?
"Now I'm like, 'ugh, I don't know. You all might be staying in school for the whole summer it keeps going like this,'" said Tonya Gregoriades.
For now, school leaders say Spring Break is safe. Petersburg schools' spokesperson says the school system will not take any more holidays, but administrators are considering the option of longer school days. After Tuesday, Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield are running low on days that do not need to be made up. School leaders say they will deal with additional disruptions as those come. Richmond school administrators say they're watching May 26 as a possible make-up day.
Administrators say they're also worried about the SAT preps, the AP exams and the SOL test. Now administrators are trying to figure out how to make up for lost classroom time
"The strategies for compensating vary among schools, such as tutoring, review time, and more. Teachers and students are working so diligently to keep up with the curriculum," said Henrico Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks.
For now, the biggest concern for these students is keeping up with the fastest sledder on the hill.
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