A new antidote for snow days: ‘e-learning days’

For a small but growing number of students across the country, the words snow day no longer necessarily mean a day of sleeping late and goofing off.  Some schools in at least five states — Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania — are allowing “e-learning days.”

“We see that the potential is there for this to grow,” said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “Today, not many schools are doing it. In 10 years, that number will change dramatically. Learning will eventually be able to take place anywhere — not just inside a school building.”  Although the system is not perfect, it’s better than the alternative, Domenech said.

E-learning has been implemented in other snow-ravaged states as well.  A private school in Illinois, Gibault Catholic High School, followed suit. Principal Russ Hart said schools from Springfield to St. Louis have contacted him about potentially implementing e-learning days on their campuses.

“I’m sure other schools are going to do this, which I would highly encourage,” Hart said. “They were surprised our kids were buying into it, knowing that their friends were sleeping in all day. At the beginning, for our students, they were a little apprehensive about giving up that romanticized idea of a snow day where they can sleep in and drink hot chocolate and get to have fun and sled. But then, once they learned how to manage the day, I think they have completely accepted it.”

Read the entire article by Talia Richman on USA Today at http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/09/online-learning-reduces-impact-snow-days/5190259/

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