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Virtual school days replace snow days for some schools

Posted by Lara Salahi  February 24, 2014 10:33 AM

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Stronger weather patterns this winter have meant more school cancellations in many parts of the nation, but a handful of high schools are prepared not to let the snow disrupt the learning flow.

Schools like Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton, Mass., are trying virtual school days to offset the time and monetary costs of cancelling schools during snowstorms.

Before a predicted snowstorm, teachers arm students with assignments they'll need to complete should they be stuck at home. School officials also warn parents that students have enough work to do to fill a school day.

Coyle and Cassidy students use personally bought iPads to keep up with assignments at home and in class, and use them to virtually receive and turn in assignments. Other schools across the nation have offered school-provided laptops to students.

Teachers use the day to share virtual lessons and field students' questions, Kathleen St. Laurent, vice principal of academic affairs at Coyle and Cassidy told CNN. St. Laurent said the parents loved it but the students "were a little bummed out."

Snow days are associated with vacation days so many students complained of too much work. Some students slept in and did in fact take the day off of school. But a majority of students participate, St. Laurent said.

"This way, everyone could have the same lessons, just as if they were in the classroom," she told CNN.

What do you think? Are virtual school days the answer to snow days?

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