No more snow days?
Rapid City, S.D. — While the move to online learning may seem great for the kids now, they may not feel the same once the snow starts
Currently Rapid City Area Schools will open in level two, placing students in a physical class only two days out of the week, with the remainder being online. This means learning can take place regardless of outside circumstances, including snow days. For those lovers of social media, you’ve probably already seen memes circulating about the new lack of snow days due to online learning, but they weren’t far from reality.
“I think it’s kind of a silver lining,” said Katy Urban, community relations manager for RCAS. “The great thing about all of this now, is if we have a snow day, we can just say it’s a remote learning day, and students can continue to do their work from home, and then we won’t have to make up those days at the end of the year. So, it’s kind of created, in one way, a solution for us, for those snow days.”
This will also include sick days, students will be expected to participate if they are well enough, but even with a lack of snow or sick days, attendance will look different for students. There will not be the same expectation to sit in a class, or on a computer all day, but rather to stay engaged and responsive throughout the day.