Snow Day Scholars Program

As everyone knows, weather in Connecticut during the long winter months is unpredictable, and often impacts our school schedule. For the 2019-2020 school year, the South Windsor Board of Education approved a district wide pilot of the Snow Day Scholars program. This initiative will support ongoing learning, even when students are home from school. The pilot will allow us to assess the feasibility of allowing students to demonstrate independent learning during emergency closings with the understanding that the day will not need to be added to the calendar in June.

How does the program work? For the first three occurrences of an emergency closing (inclement weather or otherwise), schools will be closed with no formal expectation of independent learning. Upon the fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) emergency closing days, all students and teachers will be engaged in independent learning that supports the core values of South Windsor Public Schools. The sixth and all subsequent emergency closing days would continue to be added to the June calendar.

What will students be doing? Students will engage in independent learning that reinforces core academic content in addition to promoting core competencies that contribute to their long-term success: resilience, innovative thinking, personal wellness, and social consciousness. Elementary and middle school students will be given grade level menus of performance tasks from all content areas. The use of menus promotes student choice as part of their instruction. (links to Activity Menus for students in grades K-8 are provided above) 

Because high school students are already experienced in managing long-term and ongoing assignments, their work will reflect a higher level of independence. High school tasks may include work on performance assessments, reading and research related to course content, introduction of materials using technology, and ongoing practice to reinforce core skills.
 

How will we know that a “Snow Day Scholars” day has been initiated? Following the third emergency closing day, families will receive a reminder from principals that the Snow Days Scholar program will be initiated upon the next school closing. Principals and teachers will work with students and families to reinforce this information to ensure that expectations are clear.

Your continued partnership to help South Windsor Public Schools develop meaningful programs and activities for our students is always appreciated!