Pileup Of Weather Delays Impacting Classroom Workloads

MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-Shortened school days, or no school at all, are creating an unwanted domino effect in many north Alabama classrooms.

Teachers say the lack of learning from all the recent weather delays is forcing them to alter lesson plans, meaning double or even triple the normal workload for students.

“Time is not on our side,” said Clint Woodfin, who teaches AP History at James Clemens High School in Madison. “It’s one of those things where we start combining stuff, and we’re going at light speed right now.”

Several area systems have issued multiple 2 and 3 hour delays over the last few weeks, with administrators saying that morning temperatures were too cold for students who would be en route to school. Woodfin said he and other teachers at James Clemens have no choice but to adapt to the shortened days, which equates to a 25 minute cut in instruction time per class period. But the shorter classroom spell just means more homework for students.

“A lot of things we do, we condense it,” said Woodfin. “We prioritize what we have to do in the classroom, and a lot of times, probably not to the liking of our kids, they’ve got a little more homework.”

Woodfin called the scenario challenging, but said he agreed with administrators who issued the delays in the name of student safety and health. But he admitted a few more delays could start making things very difficult.

“We have to make sure we don’t lose any more time than what we already have.”

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