Instead of snow days canceling learning for the day, a leader in online learning in Michigan is suggesting that snow days should be ‘online learning’ days.
Jamey Fitzpatrick of Michigan Virtual University notes that there was an average of nine and one-half snow days per district in Michigan last year. And he believes young people should be learning on those snow days.
While there’s no active move in the legislature currently to encourage or require “e-learning days,” Fitzpatrick says it would not be difficult to do.
Some teachers in Michigan do it right now, but it’s not being done on a widespread basis as a matter of public policy, according to Fitzpatrick.
Michigan Virtual University is a non-profit which provides online educational tools, resources and courses for middle and high school students, parents and K-12 educators.