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Missing vital learning days

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The recent winter weather conditions have affected Cenla schools, and Rapides Schools have missed valuable learning days.
It's been empty hallways and sidewalks at Rapides Parish schools because classes were cancelled due to winter weather conditions.
"I'm from Louisiana and this is unusual," said Wally Fall, principal of Brame Middle School.

Some educators are worried. State testing is just a few months away.

Missing more than a week's worth of learning during the past few weeks puts students behind in test preparation.
"I think everybody would be concerned if we never missed a day, because the importance of them is really profound," said Fall.
State testing begins as early as March 18th, so making up those lost days of learning before testing is very important.
"Ideally we would like to have that make up time done prior to that testing date. That is paramount that we provide that instructional time, that key instruction for them so that they can be prepared as much as possible for those upcoming tests," said Tony Authement, the Rapides Parish superintendent.
Getting back into school mode is also an issue with the inconsistent school days.
"Just about the time we got them reacclimated from the first few days off, then this happens again. So we will yet do it one more time," said Fall.
Not only does the weather affect academics, but extracurricular activities as well.
"Right now we got soccer games that are backed up and jammed up, and all these fields around here are nothing but mush. It affects everything. We got playoff basketball games that are jammed up, so it affected more than the classroom," said Fall.

The Rapides Parish School Board will have a special meeting on February 18th to discuss how to make up the missed days.


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