Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past
Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past Perry Stephens waits to move her car after multiple collisions occurred at an intersection, following a snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota on November 10th (Reuters)
Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past
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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.

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  • brady.q-
    11/14/2014 - 09:08 a.m.

    This story is about virtual snow days for some kids. I think is a good idea because they get to stay home and do school work. They don't have to miss out of vacations.

  • orahf-
    11/14/2014 - 09:08 a.m.

    Yes virtual days make sense for cathedral because they do their class work at home. They don't miss class, so the students don't have to make up snow days.

  • brady.q-
    11/14/2014 - 09:08 a.m.

    The story is all about snow days the students have to do homework at home becuse the weather was snowing the principal. wants the students to use iPads while they are home think is not fair for the students go to school on holidays they want a vacation break.

  • KadenJohnson-Hay
    11/17/2014 - 10:40 a.m.

    I would like it if I missed snow days to do the work instead of playing.

  • TraceBramlett-Hay
    11/17/2014 - 10:41 a.m.

    I would not do what they did because it would be boring to me. And I like to do fun stuff.

  • OksanaGoroshka-Hay
    11/17/2014 - 10:46 a.m.

    I would never on a winter day being in school using iPods and computers all day every day iPod after iPod computer after computer. I would rather go outside and have fun!

  • CharleyAtha-Hay
    11/17/2014 - 10:52 a.m.

    Take a day or two off. Let them have a good time. Go sledding! Have fun. You should let them have fun. no I do not prefer what you did.

  • ElianaParsons-Hay
    11/17/2014 - 10:59 a.m.

    I would enjoy staying home and playing games instead of school work but I would still enjoy doing school work on school. And I would feel happy too like the kids in the story. And no make up school days in summer that would be so cool. ;]

  • JosephO2005
    11/18/2014 - 02:51 p.m.

    I think I would like to play in the snow rather just in Summer heat so I would want to be out on snow days.

  • Prabhleen-Hor
    2/20/2015 - 03:35 p.m.

    I don't like snow days at all!I think that is a great idea to do schoolwork on iPads!!!!!

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