WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Ten Washoe County schools implemented "digital days" in lieu of the traditional "snow day" for the first time Wednesday.
During digital days, students can stay home from school, but they have to complete assignments.
When weather and road conditions are too hazardous for students, families, and staff members to travel to school, WCSD administrators will implement a Digital School Day so students can complete learning activities and assignments provided by the teacher at home.
Before the change, snow days were made up at the end of the year.
Now, digital days will prevent the school year from being extended.
The Washoe County School District website explains this as the main reason for the change:
"In some years, we have had to add school days at the end of the school year to make up for days and instructional time missed due to inclement weather. This year, we are working to limit disruption by using available resources, creating specific school plans for Digital School Days, and providing information to our staff members, families, and students," according to a WCSD FAQ.
Assignments are given out online, and WCSD spokeswoman Vickie Campbell, recommends Microsoft Teams as a way to access them.
Families without computers can be given paper assignments when winter weather driving conditions are expected. An alternative assignment can also be given when school is back in session.
For students without internet access, a WCSD FAQ says that alternative assignments will be given when the school is back in session.
The student will have one day for each digital day PLUS one more day to finish the work.
Students who do not finish on time will be marked unexcused.
Schools in Incline Village tested out the new policy last winter.
Incline Middle School principal, Sharon Kennedy, said it was an adjustment for students but it worked well overall.