WEBBERS FALLS, OK (KJRH) — The first month of school is always tough, but it's even worse when there's a whole other month of school to make up. Webbers Falls students started the new year one month behind schedule because of flood cleanup, but their teachers are working hard to make sure they don't fall behind.
Anistyn Garner is an eighth grader at Webbers Falls. It's her first year at the school, and the wait was as tough on her as anyone.
"It was definitely nerve-racking because they kept pushing school back and I was just kind of ready to start, because I was mostly scared," Garner said. "So I just wanted to get it over with."
The school day lasts a half hour longer this year, with teachers using an extra 10 to 15 minutes of class to try to catch up on the month they lost.
"We really streamline what we need to do, maybe cut a little out of the extra stuff," first grade teacher Mariah Hogan said. "We just jump in there and we're working hard every day."
Hogan says amidst all the cleanup, she didn't even know if school could begin in September. But the teachers worked hard to open up, and now have to work harder to get back on track.
"Their lesson plans and their curriculum reflect that we're going to have to step it up and make up for that lost time," Principal Lisa Ward said.
They still aim to finish before the end of May, and that includes standardized testing at the usual time in April.
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