SPASD Inclement Weather Distance Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year (sent on 1/20/21)
Traditionally, “snow days” have been called due to concerns with safely transporting students to school. Since all students and staff now have experience in a distance learning model, it may not be necessary to cancel instruction in cases when we cannot physically be at school.
Therefore, this year, the district will make every effort to hold a distance learning day instead of cancelling instruction due to inclement weather.
In order to maximize the likelihood that we can successfully implement a distance learning day, we will monitor winter weather conditions closely and make a determination whenever possible by 3:00 p.m. the day before an expected snow day. Communication will be made to families at that time. This will allow students and staff who are in-person time to gather needed supplies before leaving schools at the end of the day. Since it will be highly-disruptive to pivot back to in-person, the decision to hold a distance learning day will hold even if the forecast changes overnight.
If a decision cannot be made in advance due to uncertainty in the forecast or an unexpected weather emergency, a traditional snow day may be called. In that case, no instruction would take place. Communication to families will be sent by 6:00 a.m. according to our typical inclement weather procedures.
This plan will be in place for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year and reassessed for future years in the coming months.