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School Board OKs trial run of ‘digital/ different day’ option

Unless the weather regresses dramatically, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District will not be able to try out its “digital/different day” this year.
The topic has been under discussion at recent Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board meetings, and the board gave its approval Monday night to trying it out on a test run.
The goal of “digital/different” day is to provide learning to students through online “Google Classroom” resources on snow days. The motion passed by the School Board Monday would allow the district to try out the concept if there is another snow day before the end of the current school year.
Although the School Board unanimously endorsed the proposal on a trial basis Monday night, Board Member Jamie Alsleben cautioned administration and fellow board members about its possible impact.
Alsleben noted that GSL has a rather high rate of students who take free or reduced meals, which indicates  a certain level of poverty. Alsleben said those students may not have the resources to connect to the Internet and take advantage of the Google Classroom activities.
“I wonder if, in some cases, that is punitive to those who do not have the technology, and it’s an additional burden for them to overcome,” said Alsleben.
Superintendent Chris Sonju said the district is aware that not all students will have access to the Internet on snow days, but teachers are trying to find alternative ways to serve those students on snow days.
Students who are not able to complete online assignments on snow days will be given alternative assignments, and given extra time to complete them, Sonju said. Some teachers have prepared “blizzard bags” to provide alternative materials to students.

For more, see the March 11 print edition of The Chronicle.