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June 19, 2014

Derry school district to consider blizzard bags

Derry may sign up for pilot program

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Nelson said a blizzard bag team would be put in place to start the process. There will be informational meetings and district officials will seek public input on blizzard bags.

Pinkerton Academy participated in its own blizzard bag program this past year, using several official days for students to do work at home to be counted as a regular school day.

Officials there reported success in the school’s pilot year for the program, but said there is more to learn.

Parents and students were surveyed during the year to give their input on the blizzard bag program, what they liked or didn’t.

Beverly Lannon, Pinkerton dean of faculty, said there were many positives, but also things that need to be tweaked as the school moves forward.

“We’re still reviewing,” she said earlier this year. “The kids are participating and they are doing their assignments. That’s all we can ask for.”

Londonderry High School also piloted blizzard bags in 2011. That town’s School Board is contemplating revisiting the program.

Londonderry could consider the program for all grades. Superintendent Nate Greenberg said at an earlier School Board meeting that Londonderry could learn from the other school districts and their success.

At the high school level, most blizzard bag work is done online, but hard copies of homework are also distributed.

Derry’s younger students would most likely do more work on paper than online, Nelson said.

School Board member Ken Linehan said he had concerns, but also saw the good points of a blizzard bag program.

“I think it ‘s a good idea, I just need to know more,” he said, “like what are the expectations of the parents, how does it line up with curriculum? What problem are we trying to solve? I don’t see snow days as a problem.”

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