Snow days of the 21st century are different from those of a previous era, when a snow day was a day for enjoying fin in the winter weather and not thinking about school. Today’s snow days are cyber days. Kids still attend school, but online at home, when roads are impassible but the Information Superhighway is still wide open.
After last winter’s storms shut down schools across the country for weeks, some teachers and administrators have informally started “cyber schools,” using programs that allow for online instruction and posting assignments ahead of time.
State officials in Pennsylvania caught on to the idea, and announced a pilot program for “Flexible Instruction Days” which focus on internet and nontraditional instructional modes. None of the cyber schools have received Department of Education approval.