Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past
Lynn Grewing is the principal who stole snow days. She's just not a Grinch about it.
When wintry weather arrived early in the Midwest, it gave Grewing an opening. She wanted to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota. She had students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. The test was successful. So Grewing declared that the students' cherished snow days are a thing of the past at Cathedral.
"This is what we will be doing every single snow day going forward," she said. "I'll be honest. There has been some grumbling."
More schools are starting to use the flexibility that technology provides. It helps to work around the weather. And it helps meets school mandates without needing make-up days.
Last winter's brutal cold and snow forced the cancellation of five days of class at Grewing's school. It led to school days during Easter Break. And it pushed the school year a few days into summer. That got Grewing thinking. How could she bring the virtual class setup to Cathedral?
A test run was planned when the threat of snows closed schools in the St. Cloud area. It's about 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Principal Grewing ensured teachers had their assignments and lesson plans posted on the school's online portal by 10 a.m. for their seventh- through 12th-graders.
Cathedral senior Tommy Auger said doing classwork on his MacBook Air from home didn't feel much different than a day in class. His math teacher even put up videos to walk students through solving problems.
Auger said he and his classmates agreed they'd prefer to skip out on a day of sledding rather than make-up days in the summer.
"It's hard to think ahead. But it's definitely better," he said.