Growing up in western Pennsylvania – an area that is well acquainted with snowy weather – I have experienced my fair share of snow days, both as an educator and as a student. In 2013, winter weather rocked most of the United States, especially the east coast and warmer areas that were not able to combat the cold. Many schools exhausted their snow day allotment and were forced to add days to the end of the school year, cutting into summer vacation. Some schools in western Pennsylvania were still attending class in early July.
With advancements in online and blended learning, schools have the opportunity to explore other avenues when situations like these arise. Most schools have adopted some type of online or virtual alternative, whether it be with a third party company like Edgenuity Inc., or a Blackboard page setup for individual classes. Some schools have even started to experiment with e-learning options to combat snow days. Read More