Minnesota: Snow Days Replaced by Online School Days

Shakopee Public Schools

At Shakopee High School, students can join one of several academies, where they can connect with students with similar career aspirations, and teachers who can help make meaningful connections to their plans for the future. The academies are organized by subject (business, engineering, STEM, communications, health) and use digital learning curricula. “The academies create smaller learning communities within a large school, coupled with business and community partnerships that extend student learning beyond the walls,” Superintendent Michael Redmond told the Star Tribune. “Students having access to technology systems and devices allows learning to occur anywhere at any time.”

The digital learning continues at home – including on snow days. “The newest tech-related action in Shakopee is the advent of what we call a Connected Learning Day (CoLD). When school is closed in Shakopee due to weather or another reason, we now conduct an online school day,” says Redmond. “It simply couldn’t happen without one-to-one technology, a strong technology support system and efforts of staff and teachers.” On CoLD days, elementary and middle school students have pre-assigned activities, while older students connect with their teachers online and work on projects at home.

Source: AASA School Administrator, Minneapolis Star Tribune