With the COVID-19 pandemic driving efforts to prepare for remote learning for students, the decision of what to do in cases of inclement weather has become a bit murkier.

During the previous week, which saw most districts suspend in-person learning for their students, some school systems elected to implement remote learning in place of traditional snow days, also known as emergency days.

Grayville Schools Superintendent Julie Harrelson explained that her district blended emergency days and remote learning days during last week’s weather-related difficulties.

“We did e-learning days Tuesday and Wednesday and traditional snow days on Thursday and Friday.”

David Cowger, superintendent of schools for Edwards County Community Unit School District #1, explained his district’s philosophy when determining whether to go remote learning during inclement weather days.

“Our approach is to utilize the built-in emergency days prior to using Remote Learning Days,” said Cowger. “We feel in-person instruction is by far the most effective instructional method, and it is Edwards County (Schools’) belief that it is in the best interest of the students to have as many in-person educational opportunities as possible during this academic school year. 

“Whether you use five emergency days or five remote days, in the end, you will have the same number of instructional days since school calendars are required to build in five additional days which are in the form of emergency days. If they are not used, calendars are adjusted, and these days are removed.”

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