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Could ‘cyber snow days’ become a reality for schools in Pa.?

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

If one Western Pennsylvania state senator has his way, snow-related school cancellations as we know them could be a thing of the past.

But the idea raises all sorts of issues of equity and logistics.

After this winter’s rash of snow-related school closings, Sen. Elder A. Vogel (R-Beaver) pitched this idea to state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq at a recent education budget hearing:

"I have a private Catholic school in my district who’s gone to a virtual school day. Basically, when it snows, they literally make all the kids go online, the teachers go online and you get your class instructions for the day," said Vogel. "Any thought to trying to do this on a larger scale statewide?"

"Yeah, I think folks call that ‘cyber-snow days,’" Dumaresq said.

Dumaresq, who likes the idea in theory, said that it’s been coming up in internal conversations a lot this year, but that it would be tough to implement.

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

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