Robert: South Carolina schools replace snow days with online classes

There are very few words that can excite a student quite like the combination of “snow” and “day”. Waking up on what’s suppose to be a school day only to find out that a winter storm has given you the opportunity to stay home, is on par with Christmas and Birthdays in terms of pure joy for a kid. But thanks to technology, snow day may become a thing of the past.

A school district in South Carolina has replaced the idea of snow day with online classes. The Anderson School District 5 was selected as part of an eLearning pilot program, that lets students access assignments at home via Google Classroom with Chromebook devices. Students in grades 3 through 12 will be required to access the assignments on days when weather closes schools.

We are so excited to announce that our school district has been selected to pilot the first eLearning program in the…

Posted by Anderson County School District 5 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

According to the school district, an internet connection is not required for the assignments as they can be downloaded ahead of time and accessed without the need for wi-fi. The technology will be implemented for the 2018-19 school year.

“At the end of the day, it makes common sense and financial sense to implement this program,” says Superintendent Tom Wilson. “No longer will we need to run buses mid-June for a makeup day that only a quarter of our students attend.”

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