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Teachers taking advantage of snow days

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Several schools in our area are closed again tomorrow, which means your case of cabin fever could get even worse!

Teachers tell us even though school has been canceled they've still been working.  They've managed to get a lot done but they're still ready to go back to school.

Jennifer Peck said, "This is the most snow days probably for a long time, for as long as I've been teaching."  Peck is a teacher at Marquette Montessori in South Bend.  Wednesday will be her fourth snow day during this latest arctic blast.  "I'm ready to go back, I am.  It's nice to be home but my job is to be in the classroom teaching them so I'm definitely ready."

John Weldy is ready to go back too.  He's a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at South Bend Career academy.  Wednesday will be his 5th snow day since last week.  "I sure hope we have school Thursday."

It may seem like these teachers have cabin fever, and maybe they do a little bit.  But as much as they want to go back to school they say all this time off has an upside.  "Normally a teacher you have enough work that you can do a whole days work and then come home and do a whole nights work at the same time also.  It's really nice to have some time where I do a whole days work and then I can come home and spend time with my family," said Weldy.

Both Weldy and Peck said they've been pretty productive during the snow days.  Weldy said, "on Friday I went in and helped with the scheduling and yesterday I went into the school and I worked on my own curriculum all day."  Peck said,  "I spent this time looking back on my plans and seeing where I need to go to move forward...it's nice to have the time to prepare, it's nice to kinda sit back and really look at your plans and look over where your kids are at."

And what about the kids?  Weldy said he's concerned students may forget a few things after having so many days off.  "I'm definitely worried about the students...I want to go back because of the kids."

Peck said she's confident the kids education won't suffer.  "Kids are resilient they know when they come back they're gonna be expected and the expectations are to come in and to be ready to learn."

Both teachers said students can do some work at home during these snow days.  They both have curriculum online that students and their parents can access.

We have a full list of closings on delays here.

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