Who says snow day means no school?

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Computers have revolutionized modern life, but there’s one holdout: the snow day, a hoary school tradition much beloved by students.

The frigid days of earlier this month demonstrated the need for schools to close when roads are icy and temperatures are dangerously low, but does education have to stop?

In an interconnected world, of course not. As the Post-Gazette reported, proof of that comes from several Catholic high schools in the Pittsburgh area. On Jan. 7, Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in Mt. Lebanon experimented with the idea of cyber days at home instead of snow days. Principal Lauren Martin declared the response to the first day “very positive.”

Rather than have students sit home idly, teachers emailed assignments to them with the tasks to be completed by 5 p.m. In developing the program, Seton-La Salle worked with Serra Catholic in McKeesport, which started its initiative last year. Quigley Catholic in Baden has been blazing this trail for the past five years, even having cyber days on teacher work days.

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