Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,

As I hope you know by now, all after school activities, clubs, and athletics have been canceled for this evening due to weather.  That includes the home boys basketball games planned for this evening.  We will do our best to reschedule the games for a later date as soon as possible.

Since my first communication was sent out this morning, I have had a few people ask me, “What is the difference between a snow day and an e-learning/emergency remote learning day?”

Snow Day:

snow day is a day where the school is closed due to inclement weather.  Therefore, the teachers and the students essentially are off, due to the weather.  The school is officially closed for the day.  However, the negative aspect of calling a snow day is that snow days must be made up at the end of the school year, essentially extending the school year into the summer. 

Historically, that has been our only choice and each school district has historically had to add five Emergency Days to the end of their school calendar for unexpected closures, such as a snow day.  Our school calendars are submitted to the ROE each year for approval and the ROE confirms that we have these five Emergency Days listed. 

Typically, most closures are due to weather but on occasion, a school could conceivably close for “other” reasons, such as a busted pipe that floods a hallway or classroom overnight for example.  Therefore, in the past, the superintendent would then call for an Emergency Day.  The school would then close, and the one day would be added to the end of the school year extending the school year into the summer.   On those days, Emergency Days, no academic work was expected to be completed by students and/or teachers at home.  Now, this year, we have another option to consider, a new option. 

E-Learning Plan and/or Emergency Remote Learning Day:

The board recently approved our E-Learning Plan proposal a few months ago.  This new plan empowers us, for the first time ever, to utilize this new option of calling an E-Learning Day/Emergency Remote Learning Day whenever necessary.  We can now use this option for whatever the reason, Covid, snow day, busted pipe, etc.  The advantage of calling an E-Learning Day and/or Emergency Remote Learning Day is that these days do NOT have to be made up at the end of the school year. Teachers and students receive credit for doing academic work while at home.  

The only other significant difference between an old Emergency Day/Snow Day, when compared to our new option, Emergency Remote Learning Day, is that on Emergency Remote Learning Days we are required to offer food service.   On a typical snow day, we are not required to offer food service.

I hope this answers your questions and helps to clarify the difference between these two days.  Janice and I will be monitoring the weather this evening and we will keep you posted if we feel we need to alter the schedule for tomorrow.

Spencer Byrd-Superintendent