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Most Schools Back To Full Day, Some Not

January 8, 2014, 5:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Most Schools Back To Full Day, Some Not
FAULKTON, SD -

For many districts, classes finally returned to normal Wednesday. But weather didn’t offer all schools a regular schedule.

Faulkton superintendent Joel Price says he wasn't planning to start late Wednesday. But with buses logging about 450 miles in a day, he couldn't risk having kids on the road early morning with the wind chill as cold as it was.

That meant another day of adjusting to a more compact schedule for Faulkton elementary teacher Melissa Geditz.

"When I set out my plan for the day, I just make sure that I'm definitely hitting those core subjects, the language arts, math and then whatever else fits in during the day," Geditz said.

That was on the elementary level. Teachers in middle and high schools have been changing plans and coordinating with others, too.

Price says partial days create a significant disruption. But with the district covering close to 1,000 square miles, he doesn't want buses spread across the county in freezing temperatures.

"I'd rather err to the side of caution, especially when it's cold," Price said.

With these and other disrupted days at the start of the school year, Price has been happy with the flexibility he's observed in staff and the adjustments they've made.

That said, Price is looking forward to a regular schedule.

"It would be nice to have a series of days where we didn't have disruptions and get kids back in the swing," Price said.

Geditz would be OK with that and the warmer mornings that would allow such a schedule.

"They're a great group of kids and ready for the second half of the year," Geditz said.

At this point, they're still waiting to get back to a regular routine.

In a small school like Faulkton, Price says some teachers will have a class of elementary students for one part of the day and teach high school students during another part of the day. So when those schedules are disrupted administrators need to coordinate changes to accommodate everyone from kindergarten up through 12th grade.

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