Magazine article District Administration

Snow Days Turn Digital at More Schools

Magazine article District Administration

Snow Days Turn Digital at More Schools

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Sledding hills across the country may be a bit quieter this winter as snowstorms no longer mean a break from schoolwork for some students. An increasing number of districts are using e-learning to keep class in session during bad weather and to meet the required number of instruction days without having to add makeups to the calendar.

Several forecasts, including the Farmer's Almanac, predict a cold and snowy winter for much of the United States.

"Your curriculum continues without that time off and you're not just putting days at the end of the year and trying to fill those days," says Superintendent Sandra Weaver of the rural Metropolitan School District of Wabash County in Indiana, which used three e-learning snow days last school year.

All Wabash County students in grades 3 through 12 have a MacBook Air they take home every day. For snow days, K2 students can bring home the iPads they use at school. On the those e-learning days, students log into the LMS to find their assignments, and teachers are at their home computers to answer questions via email, Weaver says.

"We want students to continue with their curriculum," she says. "It's just like the next day's lesson."

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Pennsylvania is the latest state to allow e-learning when weather shuts schools, says Tim Eller, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Pennsylvania schools and districts will have to present a plan to the state that, among other contingencies, accounts for students who have disabilities or who don't have home-access to technology, Eller says. …

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