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Teachers say missed days hinder students’ learning



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Several times this winter, the tears have flowed in Franklin kindergarten classrooms.

At Northwood Elementary School, kindergarten teachers Jessica Tutton, Chloe Limbach, Heather Kepner and Megan Greene spent the first nine weeks of the school year telling students what they could expect when they arrived each morning. When that schedule changes unexpectedly, the kindergartners can get confused and upset, and when that happens they can’t focus on learning to read or count, the teachers said.

So when the 5- and 6-year-olds come in after a two-hour delay — which has happened eight times so far this winter — and hear that they won’t have recess, art, gym or music class, many start crying.

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