2020-2021 school year will be last year for traditional snow days

2020-2021 school year will be last year for traditional snow days
Posted on 12/07/2020
2020-2021 school year will be last year for traditional snow daysIn the past, Mehlville School District has canceled school due to snow or other types of inclement weather. Virtual learning has changed that.

The district was approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide virtual instruction on up to five snow days each year. Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, when our campuses close due to weather, students will be expected to log in to their Chromebooks to connect with their teachers from the safety of their homes.

“There are two benefits to providing virtual instruction on inclement weather days,” said Dr. Brian Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “Virtual instruction allows us to provide continuity of instruction in a format our students have gotten used to during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides us with some additional control over the school year calendar.”

The district considered using virtual snow days this school year, but in-person learning days have been in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The district is hopeful that all students could return to campus at some point in the second semester. That’s why, for the 2020-2021 school year, we intend to continue to shut down even virtual learning and take traditional snow days. Any snow days would be made up starting on June 1. 

In the event that campuses close, staff and parents will be notified via text, phone call and/or email through SchoolMessenger. In order to receive texts about cancellations or events at your child’s school, text the word YES to 67587 from any wireless device on file with your child’s school.

Campus closures will also be announced through social media, via our district website, mehlvilleschooldistrict.com, through local television stations and other media partners. You can also download the Mehlville School District app from the Apple Store or Google Play and turn on push notifications for cancellations.
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