Even doing at-home virtual learning, schools in the Northeast are still closing for “snow days”

by Peter Heck · Feb 3rd, 2021 2:55 pm

Last Updated Feb 4th, 2021 at 8:54 pm

Though it was widely assumed that coronavirus-inspired virtual learning in many of the country's schools would preclude the need for "snow day" cancellations, the recent snowstorm in the Northeast is proving otherwise.

After a powerful and deadly snowstorm blanketed most of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, Baltimore schools declared a shortened virtual school day.

It was a similar story in Boston where students were "released" from virtual school two and a half hours early for snow.

Closer to the Beltway it was much of the same:

Anne Arundel, Culpeper, Falls Church City, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William County, and Spotsylvania schools will be closed Monday and all virtual classes are canceled.

For some school districts, this recent spate of "closed" virtual schools appears directly related to the snow storm, and in some cases seems motivated by the effort to relieve teachers of the need to drive into the building to conduct class.

But at least one district in New Jersey announced a month ago that they would continue "closing" school for weather this year, even with students at home for pandemic reasons, simply out of nostalgia.

"The history of snow days is steeped within our culture," said Mahwah school district director of special services Lisa Rizzo.


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