School Districts, Teachers Have To Make Choices On Curriculum Cuts After Weather Closings

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ALABAMA, (WHNT) - Districts all over our viewing area have made the tough call, shut down the buses, and closed schools for weather at some point this year.

But with the governor declaring more than one State of Emergency already in 2014, schools could get forgiven for days missed.

Deputy State Superintendent Sherrill Parris says, "They did have to request to be forgiven.  They only can be forgiven because the governor has declared a State of Emergency for those days."

You can cite all kinds of reasons for keeping kids off the roads and out of school, but what happens to all the material teachers planned to teach the kids?

Parris explains, "It's up to the district, and the district may leave it up to the teacher.  In most cases, the district will give some guidance on that, because generally districts, especially large districts, are really good about developing district-wide, what they refer to as, pacing guides for teachers."

Of course, this kind of thing just happens from time to time.

Parris remembers, "I actually had an opportunity to deal with that a number of times when I was in the classroom."

Efficiency in the classroom can go along way.

Parris says she took "what [she] had intended to teach in Social Studies or Science for that day and incorporate[d] that into the reading or the math lesson or both."

When the buses don't run and the kids don't go to school, it leaves districts and teachers performing a kind of triage - selecting the most important concepts, perhaps skimming some details.

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