School districts could do away with snow days under new law

Districts to do away with snow days?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A new law may affect how your child's school handles snow days in the future, but it’s up to each school district to create a plan that works for their students.

The Pulaski County Special School District and Cabot School District are on board with Act 862, which would allow students to make up their work at home and online.

"There are a lot of options we have, actually I think we're at an advantage,” said Pulaski County’s new superintendent, Dr. Janice Warren.

Act 862 allows public and charter schools to develop a plan for alternative methods of instruction when school is closed due to emergency and exceptional circumstances.

“We are one-to-one in grades K [through] 12," Warren said. "In grades K to 2, all of our students have iPads, in grades 3 to 12 all of them have chrome books. So we already have the devices in place and in the hands of each one of our students."

PCSSD is already in the process of selecting lessons to be uploaded on Google Drive for students while at home.

"Our IT department is looking at the platform we'll use and the curriculum department is looking at the lessons we'll be uploading per grade level for each one of the students,” said Warren.

She hopes by uploading assignments on the front end, parents won't have to worry about home internet access.

“We have a plan, it's still in the preliminary stages,” she said.

Schools must outline things like how attendance will be determined, how the plan is beneficial for students, and teacher responsibilities.

“Depending on the number of days that we could be out, this would mean that our students won’t get behind in instruction. It provides them onsite work at home,” said Warren.

Education Commissioner Johnny Key could grant up to 10 students days for districts approved.

Applications can be submitted through September 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Click here to take a look at the application.

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