Making Up for Lost Days in Classrooms

As it became apparent the strike by school personnel was over on Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice suggested efforts should be made to ensure children do not have to attend classes any longer than absolutely necessary this spring.

Agreed.

But students have missed nine days of school because of the strike. That is an enormous amount of learning time.

Some school districts should be able to make up the lost days without holding classes deep into June. Ohio County, for example, can cancel spring break to make up for more than half the days.

Others may not have that flexibility.

No doubt a variety of creative measures, perhaps including lengthening the school day, will be employed.

For school officials as well as teachers, the only concern ought to be ensuring students are in class enough to attain the year’s learning objectives. No shortcuts should be taken in making that happen.

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