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Silver Lining to Snow Days

FAYETTEVILLE, AR-- Before winter weather rolled in, many students were out with the Flu. However with all the time off for snow, this week they are actually catching a bit of a break.


FAYETTEVILLE, AR-- Fayetteville Schools are feeling the freeze and frustration as eleven snow days plagued plans in the classroom.

"In Fayetteville we get all four seasons and that's one of the selling points that you get to sample it all, but this one's about worn out its welcome. It's been challenging so far," Wilbourn said

However, the arctic blast is not the only reason for empty seats. Flu absences peaked just before precipitation rolled in.

"When you have your syllabus set up for the semester and then all of a sudden it has six holes in it because you missed six days, they have to monitor and adjust," Wilbourn said.

Teachers are doing their best to get students back on the fast track, because standardized tests don't wait for snow or sickness.

"If we can ever get back to school and we can get a five day week in, we can get that momentum back up and get back up to speed. The standardized testing that occurs in April, that's coming regardless because those are all set and ready to go," Wilbourn said.

Alan Wilbourn with Fayetteville Schools is keeping his chin up, making the best of winters mess.

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react and so this is a perfect opportunity say okay this is the hand we've been dealt and we're going to make the best of it," Wilbourn said.

Wilbourn said before winter weather rolled in, many students were out with the Flu. However with all the time off for snow, this week they are actually catching a bit of a break.

"We're not seeing as many students out with illness as we did a couple of weeks prior to the snow that we've had this week and that may have been a help. They are not coming in contact with each other."
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