Tulsa teachers get creative when students are absent

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/05 5:33 pm Published: 2/05 5:06 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Teachers tell FOX23 they’re scrapping lesson plans because of cold winter weather.

FOX23’s Price McKeon talked with a fourth-grade teacher at Remington Elementary school. There were just 15 students in the entire fourth grade who went to classTuesday.

Micah Davis has been teaching fourth grade for seven years, but she said having only 15 students was a first.

“I can’t recall I’ve had such a low a day like that ever,” she said.

She told FOX23 two things happen when so many kids are out; teach the lesson plan and then teach them again when the rest of the class shows up.

Or you go off your lesson plans and do something entirely different. And that’s what she did.

It’s not new but Davis said staying inside with this cold weather, “It’s been cold.”

They’re stretching and making class have a lot more movement than before.

Because Principal Funderburk said they have a lot of students bused to school and with frigid temperatures she said many families don’t want their kids waiting in the cold.

“So a little worried about that, that we may have a dip in attendance because of that,” said Funderburk.

As a principal she agrees with keeping schools open and making sure students don’t get behind, “We are worried we are tracking, we track every kid every one of our students,” she said.

But she knows safety is important, “You know I applaud parents because they are taking care of their kids and safety is a number one.”

FOX23 found out fourth grade turned into one class with two teachers on Tuesday;FOX23 asked Davis if it was still worth it for kids to come, “It’s always worth it,” she said.

Students got more one-on-one instruction, she said.

As for the kids that were not in class, “I would not necessarily say they’re behind yet. One day is not going to totally throw a child behind. We want to still get them here and keep them where they need to be,” she said.

As a parent, Davis said she gets why students may stay home, “I don’t encourage it necessarily. Bundle them up to get them here but I do understand where they are coming from,” she said.

But as a teacher Davis understands why they need to be in school.

The Remington principal said attendance went from 58 percent Tuesday to 86 percent Wednesday.

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