Schools opting to eliminate snow days

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana’s Department of Education (IDOE) has made it easier for schools to avoid snow days for the 2014-15 school year.

School districts received a memo and application when classes went back in session in the fall about incorporating virtual learning lessons on days of inclement weather.

IDOE gave schools two options, to either use eLearning during make-up time at the end of the school year or they can use them on the actual canceled day which eliminates the “snow day.”

State leaders consider the latter a more challenging option for districts as each must prove in the application that the needs of all students will be met away from the classroom including Internet and computer access.

The Superintendent for Northwestern Shelby in Shelby County has said that district is one of likely many to build plans for eLearning into the curriculum. Each student already has a school issued laptop or tablet that can be taken home for online lessons.

“Our teachers have prepared digital lesson plans for students to complete on cancellations due to inclement weather. We will utilize our Google platform to provide digital office hours and will have a technology hotline set up for our students,” Dr. Shane Robbins said.

IDOE said more than 40 schools and districts in Indiana used eLearning to make up time after the record snowfall and cold during the 2013-14 year.

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