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Schools extend class time to make up for lost days

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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Winter may be over, but some school districts are still feeling the effects of all that snow. It means longer days as schools try to make up for lost time.

The Greater Clark School District is having to make up 12 snow days, and part of the plan is to extend the school day by 45 minutes, starting Monday.

Michelle Dyer has been principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary in Charlestown for 14 years, and she's never faced this kind of challenge.

"We're going to have to be on our 'A' game to keep them engaged that extra 45 minutes when they're used to going home and having a snack and relaxing," said Dyer.

It has meant changing everything - adding 25 minutes to language arts time, 20 to math, shifting lunch times, even adding an extra snack break.

"We had to plan so that, having them, it's not just an extra 45 minutes. We're very deliberate with what we're doing with them at that time," said Dyer.

For teachers like Shelly Blake, the biggest challenge?

"Probably keeping them focused. They're going to be tired. We're all tired by the end of the day because we give it our all while we're here," said Blake.

"To be very honest with you, the people that will have the greatest difficulty adjusting will be the adults," said Dyer.

Indeed, the students we talked to from Shelly Blake's first-grade class say they'll enjoy the extra time at school.

"I think it's good because we can learn more," said Stevie Montgomery.

"We get to do more math and get our grades back up," added Mason Green.

"I'm pretty glad because I like school," said Giselle Palacios.

"I also like to play recess, and I think we get to play extra recess," chimed in Addison Messer.

The longer days will go through May 9.

The school district also held classes on President's Day and will be in session on Oaks Day.

Dyer says all this comes at a good time to help students prepare for state testing.

"There's nothing better than the gift of time, so I'm excited about having the children for the extra time that we need," she said.

The last day of class is June 6.

Bullitt County Public Schools is also changing its schedule to make up days.

School now starts nine minutes earlier and ends five minutes later.

The will go until the last day of school is also June 6.

With winter apparently over, school officials are now just hoping there are no further disruptions caused by spring storms.

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