(Feb 3) Snow Days Turn Into E-Learning Days for Some Schools

By Alyssa Morones Published Online: January 31, 2014

In what is proving to be an uncommonly chilly and snowy winter, thousands of schools across many states have been forced to close their doors—often for days at a time. Although a lot of students have surely tossed their books aside in favor of sledding or video games, some schools are seizing on e-learning as a way to keep up educational momentum.

Under an Ohio law that took effect this year, for example, districts that max out on “calamity” days can use up to three “e-learning days” to meet state class-time requirements and avoid having to tack extra days on to the end of the school year.

“It’s much better to have a day of e-learning instruction right now than if we held a makeup day when the weather’s nice,” said Shelly Vaughn, the superintendent of the 939-student Fort Recovery district in western Ohio, which had already missed eight regular school days as of late January. “It’s hard to keep kids focused at that time of year.”

Full story: Snow Days Turn Into E-Learning Days for Some Schools Alyssa Morones Education Week, 1/31/14

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