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Southwest Minnesota school to test “virtual snow day” plan involving online …
News from Grand Forks Herald:
However, snow days may be a thing of the past in the southwest Minnesota town of Windom, and in other schools across the state, too.
The school district will be performing a test run next week that it’s calling “virtual snow days.” While the school board has only approved one virtual snow day to be used, the technology is already being implemented by other schools throughout the state.
“We’ll be doing a test run on Monday,” said Jake Tietje, Windom’s middle and high school principal. “During that time, the students will be in school, but they’ll just do a walk-through of what a virtual snow day would look like. It’ll also give us a chance to work out any kinks in the program.”
The first virtual snow day will be implemented some time after Jan. 5, when the new semester starts.
Tietje explained that plenty of research and planning took place in establishing the virtual snow day program.
“We did our research right from the start and a handful of schools in Minnesota have attempted this, but the one we looked at was St. Cloud Cathedral,” Tietje said. “They have a one-to-one technology like ours, and so we modeled our virtual snow day off of that.”
The technology is used on iPads for grades 4-12. There is a slightly different setup for students in grades K-3.
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