BOTETOURT CO., Va. -

Today was the first day back to school and work for many after a four day weekend because of the snow.

For teachers, catching up on two missed days of school creates a lot of stress and warrants some creativity.

Any administrator will tell you safety is a number one priority and they wouldn't have sent kids if they didn't feel the roads were safe, despite several emails and calls that some roads were still slick.

But hanging over the heads of administrators; all the instruction time they've lost getting ready for those SOLs.

For the fifth graders in Emily Angle's class, Valentine's Day is a very big deal.

"First thing this morning coming through the door: What time's our party? What do I do with my valentines? And of course all the teacher's thinking of; we've got a test coming," Emily Angle said laughing.

For Angle, two snow days last week were the last thing she wanted.

Angle, along with other fifth, eighth and eleventh grade writing teachers are feeling the pressure to make sure students are ready for the writing SOL in three weeks.

"Always in the back of our mind we're thinking that's a lost day for our SOL tests, and most of our makeup days happen after our SOL test," Angle said. She tries hard to make sure her kids don't feel the pressure to stay on top of the curriculum, but they do, so do parents.   

"I'm nervous," Taylor Albers, one of Angle's students, said.

"They still gotta learn and they still got the stuff when they come back, so when they come back to school they need to be ready, because they only have a certain amount of days to learn," said Darrent Grant, who's daughter is a second grader at Breckenridge Elementary School.

To help make up for lost time, Angel and other teachers emphasize writing in all subjects, not just English.

"We write a lot in Virginia studies, we write in science, in reading we write a lot, and even in math, we do some Math journaling as well," Angle added.

Some school districts have also switched to a block schedule which creates even bigger issues catching up with material no matter the course.

In Botetourt County, students take four classes one semester and four the next semester, meaning missing one day because of snow is like missing two.

"Students have just started at the high school and some of our middle school courses have just started the beginning of the course and so they're already down six days of instruction, that's quite a bit," said Joni Poff.

Poff is the Director of Instruction in Botetourt County.

So while some parents may have thought roads weren't 100-percent; the schools who did go today felt they were safe.

Hard to blame them for wanting to get kids in the classroom.