Snow days still real for some schools despite virtual learning |

Snow days still real for some schools despite virtual learning

Updated: February 15, 2021 06:23 PM
Created: February 15, 2021 03:30 PM

Predicted 50 below wind chills meant canceled school for many districts in northwestern Wisconsin on Monday.

Superior was one of them. "I was speaking closely last night with other superintendents. We pay attention to both the highs and lows and the wind chill. It's a collective effort between the superintendents and transportation directors, and we decide what is best for the students, with the potential for 50 below wind chill," explained Amy Starzecki, the district administrator. "We don't make decisions lightly."

She said she always gets feedback when they decide to close schools. "We can't make everybody happy." But they have two days built in their calendar for snow days, and Monday was the first time the district used one this school year.

About 20% of the kids in the district do distance learning only. The district canceled all school, in-person and virtual, to make it fair across the board for teachers and families.

For the Modeens, it meant more time on their backyard ice rink for the three boys. "I was excited, because I thought I'd still have to do school," Landon shared. He's a 6th grader, and loves school. But a real snow day made his day.

Superior has been in hybrid since the middle of January.

Knox, who's in 2nd grade, said his favorite subjects are gym and art. And Cubby, a 5th grader, said, "It's good to see my friends."

We asked them, is it ever too cold for hockey? No way, was the answer. "We just go inside and warm up for awhile," Landon added. They even have their own YouTube Channel, Storm Hockey.

Their mother, Nicole, said, "They were extremely excited. To have a normal snow day for them. It's good to have something normal. Their Valentine's Day parties can be done tomorrow."

Many districts in Minnesota didn't have school on Monday due to winter break or Presidents' Day.

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