N.J. decides against allowing virtual school day in lieu of snow day

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The government of New Jersey recently declined to allow a virtual school day to count in lieu of a snow day, much to the presumed chagrin of students everywhere.

Pascack Valley Regional High School District gave the virtual school day a test-run on Feb. 13, another snow day during what district superintendent Erik Gundersen called "the winter to end all winters." The 2,000-student district had already used up its three allotted snow days, so another snow day meant students would either have to tack on extra days at the end of the year or shorten spring break to make up for it.

Gundersen told Mashable that the district has issued laptops to students for a decade and that 96% of students showed up for their online classes. Regardless, the state ruled that the day won't count, because schools were still physically shut down.

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