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Schools Playing Catch-up After Snow

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – After more than a week off from classes, several schools across Southern Oregon are playing catch up.

Schools in both the Three Rivers and Rogue River school districts have been out of class for 10 days, after the winter storm on December 6 dropped snow across the region and caused frozen roads for days afterward. Superintendents from both districts said last week that the roads were too dangerous to send out buses.

Now that school has returned, teachers say lesson plans will have to change to make up for the lost time.

“We’re just going to have to be really strategic about trying to make up this time by the end of the year, because it’s significant,” said Claudia Dow, a second-grade teacher at Manzanita Elementary School in Grants Pass.

Teachers said they are prioritizing their lessons, making sure students get the most important information while they attempt to catch up. Winter Break for both districts begins this Saturday, and students will be off for another two weeks.

“We know what we’re doing every day, but there’s just so much you can ask a child to do every day. You can’t ask them to do double lessons,” Dow said.

The school districts are also calculating how many days will need to be added on to the end of the year to make up for the snow days.