With the arrival of bad weather in the East and Southeast, the radio and television media mobilize their school closure announcements. While this service provides invaluable information, the students at Taylor County Schools and their parents get a phone message on School Messenger that tells them where, not if, they will attend school. If inclement weather makes it unsafe to travel to school, a cyber snow day is announced. A cyber snow day consists of a series of lessons packaged for electronic consumption by the students at home. There is no scramble to designate make-up days, nor teachers trying to figure out how to restructure their classroom practices. Electronic attendance at Taylor County Schools often exceeds actual attendance, approaching 100%.
As one of Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation, TCS pioneered cyber snow days. This is just one of the reasons I needed to tell this story.