Can You Imagine Minnesota Without Snow Days?
Minnesotans have a love-hate relationship with snow days. Kids love 'em, parents hate 'em. But Minnesotans of all ages have fond memories of listening by the radio, or checking a website, to see whether school was canceled because of a winter storm.
Today, a Minnesota House committee heard a bill that would eliminate snow days from the school calendar.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa school district already has a program in place to continue lessons when weather prevents school being in session. Rep. Steve Drazowksi, R-Mazeppa, the bill’s author, brought high school principal David Anderson to tell lawmakers more about it.
Anderson told lawmakers the district provides students with laptops, and they can work on lessons at home. Students who do not have internet access at home either print out the assignments or submit them online when they return to school, Anderson told the Star Tribune. The program launched in 2015.
Lawmakers didn’t vote on the bill today, according to the Star Tribune, but may consider including it in a future education bill.
What do you think about this idea? Should Minnesota keep snow days? Or is virtual learning the best way to keep students on task? Vote in our poll below.