Feb 20, 2014
What are blizzard bags?
I've been hearing about some of my friends' kids going home with blizzard bags. What is a blizzard bag? Kathleen in Perkins
The Register featured a story about the new educational trend this past Sunday. Click here to read the story.
The concept, in a nutshell: If teachers suspect a snow day is in the future, they send assignments home with students or post them online. Students complete the assigned classwork in two weeks and receive credit for attending a full day of class, for up to three total days.
This helps schools avoid rescheduling missed class days — typically canceled because of bad winter weather — at the end of the school year.
Any school in Ohio can sign up to use an "alternative makeup plan," which are commonly called "blizzard bags." Locally, more than half of districts plan to utilize an alternative plan this school year. Statewide, about one-third of districts are using one.
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