Remember the anticipation of snow days? Sitting by a static-filled radio and listening to the alphabetical listing of school closings, hoping to hear your school’s name, was a part of growing up for most of us. Snow closings meant a day of snowball fights, sledding, playing games in our pajamas and napping until noon. Snow days also left our parents scrambling to find a last-minute sitter, teachers racking their brains on how to rearrange lesson plans and administrators worrying how missed days would affect the school calendar.
Eventually, virtual learning will likely be the end of snow days. Supporters like the idea of fewer interruptions in learning and no more “make-up” days being added at the end of the school year or during spring break.
“Even if you can’t continue on at the same pace, being able to keep students on track can make a huge difference,” said Doug Levin, executive director of the nonprofit Missouri State Educational Technology Directors Association said in a Washington Times Associated Press article.
There are some obvious obstacles. Not everyone has access to a computer and some winter storms cause power outages, leaving some students at a disadvantage. Still, virtual snow days are an option many schools are exploring.
How do snow days affect you? What do you think about using virtual learning to alleviate some of the problems caused by snow days?