Missed days add up for preschoolers


TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The brutal winter has been rough on class time for one group of students in particular.

“In my 35 years, I’ve never seen a winter like this,” says Northmont Superintendent Sarah Zatik.

As the calender turns to March, many school districts have not only used up their five calamity days, they have also taken a number of two hour delays.  In districts with preschool students, those delays often mean cancelling classes for the little ones.

“It’s really had an impact on our students and the amount of time they’ve had contact with their teachers,” Zatik says.

For Northmont, morning preschoolers have missed 16 days so far this year because of the weather.

We wanted to know if anything can be done to make up that missed time.

“For preschool, there’s no state mandate on the number of hours or days, but this is a special education preschool and they do have goals we have to establish,” Zatik says.  “So, it’s hard on the teachers to make sure those goals are established in a shorter amount of time.”

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