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November 7, 2013

Pinkerton Academy pilots blizzard bags

Pinkerton Academy to test blizzard bag program

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Once they are back in the classroom, the lessons will be discussed and graded to count as a regular assignment.

To be successful, the blizzard bag program has to have 80 percent student participation.

Lannan said technology has opened up so many options for teaching. In this case, being out due to a snowstorm will keep students on track with their assignments.

“It’s a pilot program,” she said. “At the end of the year, we will review the program and look at the assignments and what students did.”

Then the decision will be made whether to continue the program.

It’s not just the students doing the snow-day work. Teachers will also be required to put in their time while out of the classroom to make the program work.

Londonderry has used blizzard bags for the last two years. But they have not had to use them during a snow day.

“We used it on a day where our faculty was in school for teacher’s conferences,” said Londonderry Assistant Superintendent Andrew Corey. “It went very well then. We really feel it almost needs to be more of a pre-planned thing when it comes to making up the day.”

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