Snow days could mean Saturday school in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- On average area schools have lost at least seven days of instruction as a result of the snowy weather this season.

For parents it has been frustrating.

"I just have to figure out what I am going to do, sometimes call in a babysitter," Richmond mom Tara Fitzpatrick said.

For teachers it has been even more of a headache-losing valuable instruction time and prep for SOLs.

"We have to get the hours in, it stinks," a Henrico teacher told CBS 6.

"I teach seniors so just preparing them for their exams and getting them ready for college has been tough," the teacher added.

So how are schools planning to make up the time?

Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond, and Petersburg will have their students attend class on President's Day.

Petersburg even shortened its Spring Break.

And now a new option is on the table for  Richmond Public Schools.

"Saturday school- I think anything right now is on the table," Kim Grey,
a Richmond Public School Board member said.

Grey said the School Board will debate the issue soon.

"There is a lot of apprehension about using Spring Break because some have already planned vacations," Grey said.

While other districts like Chesterfield and Henrico are hoping the hours they've built into the schedule will be enough, this Henrico teacher is just thankful for the internet - where she can post homework and even record entire lessons.

"I don't think we'd be doing as good as we are without the technology," the teacher said.


  • troy

    doing as good as you are because of the internet?lady school scores have never been lower with the internet teaching our kids.Soon the internet will have your job,ever considered that?

  • current rps elementary employee

    Lol. That will be so productive. They can’t get rps teachers to come to work as is because the kids are so unruly and don’t care about learning. The truancy rate is at an all time high, do they really think the kids will come on a Saturday? Laughable. It will be all for show and a waste of taxpayer money.

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