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Winter weather takes a toll on Walker Co. classrooms

Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- The overnight weather caused another round of school cancellations Friday morning.

With a couple months of winter left, snow days are beginning to take a serious toll in the classroom.

Snowfall from the mini storm caused several school systems to cancel classes for the day.

In Walker County, this is the 8th day students have been out of school because of snow, which has many teachers at Fairyland Elementary a little nervous.

"I was like maybe we're home free, but as you can see today, the classroom is empty again," says Tara Green.

That's what 4th grade teacher Tara Green thought after missing school five days straight last week, after winter weather dumped between 8 and 10 inches of snow on the Tennessee Valley.

"Usually this is the time of year we really gear things up," says Green.

But that hasn't been possible this year, or at least not yet.

"Come up here on Lookout Mountain hitting all the secondary roads, looking for ice and slick spots," says Kevin Smith.

That's the same ice and slick spots that also called off Dade County Schools Friday.

Kevin Smith with the county road department says he's glad snowfall stayed on the light side this time.

"I wouldn't want it to be at all, but you know I was glad it wasn't like it was last weekend," says Smith.

Snowfall, light or heavy, makes no difference in Mrs. Green's classroom.

It's another day lost.

"So now we're kind of cramming in standards, shortening the length of time of some of the lessons so that we can get everything in before testing arrives," says Green.

And with state testing deadlines two months away, for teachers, continuous snowfall is looking a lot less fun and a lot more frustrating.

"Winter's still not over, so you really do begin to feel the pressure," says Green.

Many districts are now trying to figure out how kids are going to make up for lost time in the classroom.

In Walker County, that could mean longer days for students or extra days at the end of the year.

The school board says they won't make that decision until the end of January.

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