Remote Learning "Snow Days"

Dear Families and Staff:

As you know, we have closed school (snow days) this year due to inclement weather. This is no different than past years. Districts have a limited number of snow days to use before they get to a point of having to make days up. If we use more days than allowed, the NYS Department of Education requires districts to use days that were initially planned as days off. For example, if we are in a position where we need to use multiple snow days, we would make up some of those days by coming to school for part of the spring recess. For the 20-21 school year, we have an alternative option.

This year, the NYS Department of Education is piloting a program that allows districts to have remote learning days instead of using a traditional snow day. If we end up in a position where we need to use multiple snow days this year, we could be forced to make a change to our Continuity of Education Plan for the one day “closure” instead. Staff and students would stay home, but learning would continue.

  • For grades K-5, in-person learners would refer to their Take Home Folder and the plans for an emergency closure, which has been in place due to the pandemic. Distance learners would receive plans from their teachers through virtual communication (Google Classroom or Seesaw).
  • For grades 6-12, in-person learners would remote into their Google Classrooms/Zooms and follow their schedule for the day. Distance learners would remote in as they normally do each day.

In the event we need to use the remote learning model for a snow day, there would be no district transportation to school or any programs, including BOCES (Vocational, New Vision, and Special Education).

Again, we will only implement this plan if we use too many snow days. We would inform staff and parents ahead of time if this plan was going to be implemented for possible snow days in the future. For now, we will close schools if needed as we have done traditionally due to inclement weather.

Thank you and be safe, healthy, and well.

Jeramy Clingerman
Seneca Falls Central Schools