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No more snow days in Macomb School District

Rich Egger

The Board of Education agreed to have the district hold E-Learning days instead of calling off classes for emergencies such as snow storms.

“On these years where you have four, five, six snow days, those really end up being four, five, six lost learning days, because when you tack them onto the end (of the school year), there’s no way of creating that continuity of learning,” said Superintendent Patrick Twomey.

“In the E-Learning day, the teacher has an opportunity to keep the kids on track so when they come back they can pick right up where they left off.”

He said the state ran an E-Learning day pilot program a few years ago and participating school districts reported positive results. Macomb then gave it a try, and Twomey said that ultimately helped the district be better prepared for remote learning when the pandemic struck a couple years later.

The Macomb district’s E-Learning day policy will be in effect for the next three school years.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.