Snow Day Guidance for 2020-2021

Snow Day Guidance for 2020-2021
Posted on 12/14/2020
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In the event of a school closure due to a snow day, extreme weather, or other emergency situation, Salem Public Schools is well-positioned to pivot quickly to remote learning on a temporary basis.  This ensures that student learning will not be interrupted and the school year will not have to be extended to make up for lost days.

Students who are already fully remote -

  • Students will log into their learning platform and Zoom sessions as usual.
  • Teachers will provide instruction remotely (from home).
  • Times for the start and end times of school will be consistent with a typical day.

Students in a hybrid model -

  • All K-5 and Saltonstall students learning in a hybrid model will operate on a Wednesday schedule
  • All Collins Middle School and high school students in a hybrid model will learn remotely that day, following the schedule they would have followed in-person
  • Students must be in a routine of bringing their Chromebooks back and forth between home and school each day they are in-person.
  • If the closure is announced while students are in school, teachers should remind students to take home everything that they will need for remote learning the next day (text books, reading materials, workbooks and worksheets, etc.)
  • Teachers will provide instruction remotely (from home).
  • Times for the start and end times of school will be consistent with Wednesday’s remote schedule.

Students in an in-person model -

  • Students will switch to a fully remote model.
  • Teachers must establish a process by which students have access to log-in information for Google Classroom or Schoology and daily schedules before an emergency closure arises.  
  • Students must be in a routine of bringing their Chromebooks back and forth between home and school each day.
  • NOTE: Each school with grades K-2 has a unique process for where students are keeping their Chromebooks (e.g. at school or home). Depending on that plan, principals must work closely with students, teachers and families to ensure that K-2 Chromebooks are home on snow days to enable access to remote learning.
  • If the closure is announced in time and students are in school, teachers should remind students to take home everything that they will need for remote learning (Chromebook, charger, text books, reading materials, workbooks and worksheets, etc.)
  • Teachers will provide instruction remotely (from home).
  • Times for the start and end times of school will be consistent with a typical day.

In the case of widespread power outages -

  • If many or most students in Salem are unable to access the internet due to power outages, the Superintendent may still elect to declare a full closure (no instruction), and these days will need to be made up at the end of the year.

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