PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Rich Zeoli spoke with the Superintendent of the Quakertown School District, William Harner, on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about a proposal to change snow days into ‘cyber’ days.

Harner believes it would be easy for the district to open up an online classroom when weather prohibits students from getting to school.

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“Right now we have about 250 students that are taking at least one cyber course in our district and some of them are taking their entire curriculum, not even coming to school. Making that leap, as a district, is not going to be that difficult.”

He rejects the criticism that offering online class on snow days takes away a right of childhood from kids, like playing in the snow or staying home and playing video games.

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“Snow days are supposed to be fun, if all goes the right the way, school should be fun too, and even using gaming for instruction is an incredibly effective way of offering instruction.”

Harner also said this idea could save money for school districts.

“It’s a replacement system. It’s not going to cost [anything]. It’s a net. It’s eliminating one system and bringing another one on board. Hopefully, it will be a savings.”

 

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