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Digital snow days gain steam as schools seek to melt learning loss

February 4, 2019

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Last week, dangerously low temperatures caused by a polar vortex forced thousands of schools to close. Thanks to digital technology, some districts were able to continue teaching despite the winter blast. In Chicago, schools were closed from three days to a week, but many districts similarly turned snow days into digital or e-learning days. Thanks to that model, students were able to complete school work from home and stay on track.

In Illinois, however, legislation may require students to actually be in the classroom in order for the school day to be counted, and e-learning days would not count as a school day.

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