By Lex Cornell
Should we have snow days or, now that we have the tech to do remote learning, should we get rid of snow days? In many schools, conversations are happening about if snow days should still be a thing after now knowing we can go online and still get an education. So why with our latest snow day, why did we not go remote?
If we use more than the 3 snow days allotted, the school district has to add days to the summer or miss out on state funding. This would support the argument for doing remote instruction on snow days. Then the risk of using vacation or summer days or losing state funding for schools would be eliminated.
Fully remote learning days would also help us stay on pace with the teaching and learning. A snow day interrupts the next day's lesson. When we return we often have to review or revisit or re-start the lesson from before the snow day. It is possible to lose up to 2 instructional days for every one snow day.
In order for snow days to turn into fully remote instructional days, all districts would need to participate so daycare would not be an issue for teachers. Their children would also be doing fully remote learning on the same day at the same time. This new era of remote learning presents the possibility for uninterrupted education if everyone is on board.