Snow days ending are possible in Duluth by using online learning
Ending snow days in Duluth public schools is a possibility by having students rely on online learning during snow days. There is a set number of days requiring students in school, but snow days interrupt the academic year. This means, schools need to compensate by taking days off summer vacation or by extending school days.
The pandemic definitely helped schools improve virtual learning, but this hasn’t proven to be the best way for students to learn. Many students fell behind in their academics. Superintendent of Duluth Public School’s John Magas explained how snow days can be fun, but can hinder learning for students.
“We also know that calling in inclement weather day has can have a really negative impact on our students, can have a really negative impact on our families. So we try and use them as sparingly as possible, providing support to students through other means, too. During those days, just as far as being able to have assigned other work or be able to have kids access learning opportunities.” Magas said.
Duluth’s school district account for the possibility of snow days, but getting kids in the classroom is the main priority. Magas explained how Duluth reaches out to neighboring school districts to help decide whether a snow day is really needed.
“And actually calling a snow day in Duluth is harder than in most places because we have very interesting geography. You have the lands along the shore and then you also have things up on the hill. And quite often the weather can be completely different in one part of the district.” Magas said.
Superior school district plans at least two snow days in their academic year. However, if the inclement weather is still persistent Superior school’s switch to online learning when necessary.
“Then, on the other hand, it’s important to balance safety with that impact. Because we never want to put kids in a situation where they’re unsafe coming to school either.” Magas said.