In an effort to notify everyone as early as possible, we have decided to announce that the first time our schools would historically have been canceled because of snow, WE WILL ENACT THE SNOGO PLAN.
SnoGo is our version of a Non-Traditional Instruction Day. Along with more than 70 other districts across Kentucky, we have been given permission to utilize an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Even though the roads may be questionable for buses, "school" can carry on. According to CAO, Susan Dugle, the goal is to prevent regression because of interrupted schedules.
Superintendent Neihof shared his high hopes for the innovative approach. "Learning happens everywhere. Allowing our students to continue their learning from wherever they are, means they can maintain momentum. It also means the Board won't have to add those days on to the end of the calendar."
For every day a SnoGo is used, the Board of Education will NOT have to add that day on to the end of the calendar. According to Director of Student Services, Mike Clark, "It is a school day for our teachers, administrators, and students. Everyone who participates will be counted as present!"
The logistics of what students are to do on the SnoGo Day is being communicated to students and parents now. For the younger students, menus of activities are being sent home and uploaded to websites. For older students, Schoology will be the primary source for directions, but for those without internet connectivity, there will be tasks that do not require it.
According to Dugle, "This should be fun. The activities will not require kids to sit and work all day. In fact, several of them are things that can be done while 'playing.'"
It's important to remember, this is a trial. Dr. Neihof said, "We're announcing early so everyone can make preparations, and we give ourselves the best chance for success. If it goes well, we have permission to use it up to ten times in a school year. If it goes poorly, we might not do it again. I think we're ready for this."
Click here for the SCPS Press Release.
Click here for the SnoGo Frequently Asked Questions page.