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State College Area School District Snow Days

Technology and the pandemic have changed the way a lot of us work and learn. And in many school districts, virtual learning has signaled the end of snow days as we know it. But if winter’s wrath impacts students in State College, The District says they’ll let the kids have a good old fashioned pj’s and hot chocolate day at home.

State College Area School District will be giving students a much-welcomed break when snowy weather comes through.

Originally, they joined some other districts in The Commonwealth in pivoting to virtual learning on days when bad weather rolls in, now that they have a comprehensive virtual learning plan in place. But in a Facebook post, SCASD says they have now decided to leave snow days as traditional off days.

“Some of the teachers I know adjusted their day where they gave an extra hour for recess, which was so amazing, but there wasn’t a consistent policy,” said Kristina Whitaker, who has two children in SCASD.

Whitaker says that a virtual day caused by snow late last year created scheduling differences for her kids, and that changing course is the right call.

“I know that some parents had a kid that was able to go outside for two hours in the afternoon and their other child just had a regular school day with online classes that they had to attend,” Whitaker said. “So, I think that just giving everybody a snow day puts us all in the same boat and it just makes it easier for everybody.

Whitaker says that a virtual day caused by snow late last year created scheduling differences for her kids, and that changing course is the right call.

“I know that some parents had a kid that was able to go outside for two hours in the afternoon and their other child just had a regular school day with online classes that they had to attend,” Whitaker said. “So, I think that just giving everybody a snow day puts us all in the same boat and it just makes it easier for everybody.”

The District says that includes kids who already are fully remote or are enrolled in their virtual academy. Whitaker believes getting kids to unplug is beneficial.

“The pressure needs to be off for a day, and just off of the screens, just taking a nice little break, whether you’re virtual or remote or in person,” she added.

The district says they will make decisions on how to proceed with school during inclement weather by 5:30 A.M. on those days.

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