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With remote learning, will kids ever have a snow day again?

Posted January 27, 2021 2:22 p.m. EST
Updated January 17, 2022 7:47 a.m. EST

Will kids ever have another 'snow day' again?

— So, what does the term "snow day" mean in the age of virtual learning?

Will kids in 2022 know what it means to have school canceled and spend the whole day playing in the snow?

School districts are trying to find some middle ground where students have some work, but still get to enjoy snow.

When snow is in the forecast, school systems used to close for the day. However, with remote classes available, school isn't canceled – it's just virtual.

To help allow kids to enjoy their snow day and get some time outside, some schools have begun utilizing 'asynchronous learning days.'

"There is no live instruction on asynchronous learning days. Teachers will communicate assignments to students to complete on their own," says the WCPSS website.

Will kids still get to enjoy playing in the snow?

Ella Clarke, a teacher and parent, says she believes snow days are sacred and should be preserved.

"I would be so sad if snow days were a thing of the past," she said.

Sometimes virtual learning has to take a backseat to letting kids play and get their energy out.

Education consultant Lyn Hawks suggested a snow day compromise: Teachers give a few light assignments, but no structured classes.

"An English teacher could have students go out, catch a snowflake on your tongue. Do a little journal writing about that," she said.

Hawks said even teachers need a snow day sometimes.

"Coming from a teacher perspective, I would say teachers would love the traditional snow day, but I also think some students would love the traditional, 'Let's play and have the day open,'" she said.

Wake County said if weather disrupts in-person school, they will have an asynchronous day where students get assignments to do in their own time, but they don't have to sit in front of the computer all day.

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