WINFIELD, W.Va. – Putnam County students will not meet the required 180-days of classroom instructional time this school year.
Karen Nowviskie, a spokesperson for the school system, said at this point they’ve missed four days due to the water crisis and another seven due to weather. With the time left on the calendar, the best they’ll be able to do is 179 days of instructional time.
Putnam County students started class August 22 and were supposed to end the school year May 30. With so many missed days, Nowviskie explained, they’re going to have to get creative with the calendar. That means using up outside of school, continuing education and instructional support and enhancement days set aside for educators.
“We don’t want to, but if we have to we’ll do that because it’s more important to have students in school than it is to have time for meetings,” according to Nowviskie.
As for that projected May 30 end date. That is out the window.
“It is possible at this point that students will go through the end [of May], the first week of June and possibly into the second week of June. It really depends on whether or not the state superintendent and the state Board of Education OK our calendar revisions,” said Nowviskie.
In the meanwhile, there’s going to be a lot of noses in the books, making up for as much missed time as possible. Teachers will be doing some remedial instruction for kids in elementary and middle schools. High school students move on to their spring semester classes.
“It will be almost like coming back after summer break. You have to review what you’ve done and then move from there.”
As for field trips and extra activities that take away from class time, those will be limited or non-existent.
Nowviskie stressed the county’s main priority is making sure that when the school year is over, each student is ready to move on to the next grade.
“We just want to get on with business as usual!”
If Putnam County has to cancel school for additional days that will eat into the 179-instructional days.