School district turns snow days into ‘e-days’
A small rural Ohio school district is experimenting with a new version of the traditional snow day -- one that some kids are not likely to enjoy much.
When snow makes it took difficult to keep schools in operation, classes are cancelled and kids sleep in and goof off the rest of the day.
But this year the Mississinawa Valley School District, on the Ohio-Indiana border, has lessons ready for students on their computers at home that they are expected to do.
There are rules, too, for kids who don’t have home computers: They are expected to complete the work too, though they have longer to do it because they don’t get the assignments until they get back to school.
Ohio used to allow five snow days a year, but changed that last year to three days. That rule, though, didn’t keep the snow from falling, and students at Mississinawa Valley missed nine days, some of which they had to make up in June, according to National Public Radio.
(Legislation has already been introduced to restore the number of snow days to five; some Ohio schools have already used up their permitted three with no make-up.)
Now in Mississinawa Valley, snow days are called “e-days.”
Some kids told NPR they don’t actually mind the new policy. They include high school students who worry that falling behind in class could affect their chances of getting into college.
District officials will study how well the program worked with the help of a university and decide whether to continue the policy or drop it.
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| January 27, 2011; 3:00 AM ET
Categories: On-line education, Technology | Tags: classes cancelled, e-days, inclement weather policy, ohio snow days, schools that closed, snow days
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