School closings due to snow may end with online learning

For years, kids have counted on getting a day off school whenever there was a bad winter storm. But snow days may be long gone.

With many students already learning from home due to the coronavirus pandemic and an uptick in recent cases, some school districts are making the decision to turn to cyber learning during inclement weather.

“Most districts will probably tell you ‘cold days’ will be a thing of the past,”  said Mallory Sribanditmongkol, a spokeswoman for Licking Heights Local School District. “If you know snow is coming, you would likely move to virtual because it’s better for the kids to keep some sort of consistency.”

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It’s hard to make a blanket policy on issues like calamity days, especially during 2020 — a year that is teaching everyone the importance of being flexible and adaptive, Sribanditmongkol said.

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