An internet alternative to snow days is planned for school districts that were adversely impacted by excessive closings due to winter weather last year.
In 13 Kentucky districts, public school students will be homeschooled during snow days. The instruction will take place via the internet, and is an experiment aimed at keeping students current in their classwork and able to keep state aid for class being in session.
The challenge for this new initiative is that in some of the more impoverished areas, students may not have access to the internet or a computer when they are at home. The district may also lose some state and federal aid.
Snow days are a significant problem in Kentucky. Last year some districts canceled school for more than a month. In making up the time, spring break and summer vacations were shortened. The low attendance hurt the state funding, and the legislature passed an emergency law letting five districts cut the school year short
In the present school year, some districts have already used up their snow days.