Some western Mass schools use blizzard bags to prevent missed work during snow days

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A plow clears snow from Road 438 in Douglas County near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The area is under a blizzard warning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Having an unexpected day off can make anyone excited, especially children getting the day off from school.  But many schools now give students internet-connected devices that can be used at home. 

So, could this mean the beginning of the end of traditional snow days? Some people don’t think so. 

“I think they should get snow days,” said Bob Rahn of Granville. 

“I think the kids like having a day off once in a while,” added Bob Raymond of Litchfield, Connecticut. “I know I did when I was in school.”

Some districts in western Massachusetts have started using blizzard bags. Students can take home work to do to replace the work they would have missed during a snow day.  

“You need to have the consistency, keep the motivation and momentum going,” said Fran Wackerberth, who is a former teacher. “They loose that on a snow day.”

In Westfield, for example, beginning on the sixth cancellation day and continuing for each snow day after, students complete Blizzard Bag projects from home.

Then, they don’t have to make up that school day in June. The Westfield school district said teachers can check email from home and respond to questions.

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