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No more snow days: School district replacing snow days with virtual classes

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) - This coming school year, students at a South Carolina school district will be part of a brand new program that will keep them learning even when weather keeps them from the classroom.

Anderson Five Superintendent Tom Wilson tells NBC4 sister station WSPA they are now participating in a pilot program five years in the making.

The way it works is that instead of school being closed for snow or inclement weather, the students and staff will instead participate in an E-Learning day.

All students will have chromebooks supplied by the school. They will be able to take them home for Grades 3rd to 12th to complete assignments online with the ability to communicate with the teachers.

"They don't struggle, you are there seeing what they are doing they can ask questions its really a wonderful opportunity to work together as a student and teacher and provide assistance without being in the same room at the same time," said Anna Baldwin who will oversee the new program at the district.

The idea is that students won't face challenges of being behind.

Also, since they won't have to make up the weather days on scheduled days off, it ultimately saves the district money. Wilson said statistically attendance is poor statewide for makeup days, but the district must still be open and run all the bus routes regardless if one student or two hundred show.

 "No longer will we need to run buses mid-June for a makeup day that only a quarter of our students attend," Wilson told the Independent Mail. "We have the resources in Anderson 5, and doing this allows us to utilize those resources to their fullest extent."

Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who won't have chromebooks at home will work with devices they already have available to them or have five additional days to make up the assignments.


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