Kanawha County school board members Becky Jordon and Robin Rector had both received concerned phone calls by Monday afternoon -- a no-school day recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- from parents worried about a potential snow day Tuesday.
Kanawha County students have only been in school for three and a half days since they returned from the holiday break, thanks to the water crisis and freezing temperatures prior.
With concerns about learning loss, some teachers have even begun sending assignments to students via email, Jordon said.
She worries that the pressure on teachers to catch students up could be dangerous as well.
"I know teachers are going to try to rush it once we get back, but you've got to make sure the kids understand it. You can't rush it too much, you've got to teach it," Jordon said. "Parents are concerned. We're all concerned."
"I don't know what we'll do if February is bad," she said.
Rector said it's crucial to get students re-acclimated so that they can begin preparing for standardized testing scheduled for the spring, and said while the county takes the required 180-days seriously, there's only so much you can do.
"We don't want to be one of those counties that doesn't meet the standard. But, if it comes down that it just mathematically can't be done because of the laws surrounding it, then we may run out of ways to make it happen," she said.
Parents are concerned enough already about their students' health in schools in the midst of the water problem, Rector said.
"We're being told everything's fine but we're all just operating at a high level of conservatism," she said.
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