Educational Technology

February 20, 2018

Don’t call it a snow day: Schools closed, but Leyden students participate in ‘e-learning day’ from home

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:38 am

by Heather Cherone, Pioneer Press

As one of three Illinois school districts participating in a pilot program that could put an end to snow days for good, Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park declared its first “e-learning day” Friday as snow piled up on streets throughout suburbs west of the city.¬†The three-year pilot program, approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015, was launched in the wake of the polar vortex that plunged Chicago into a deep freeze during the winters of 2013 and 2014 and forced schools to cancel several days of instruction.¬†Leyden High School students were expected to complete at least five hours of classwork from home on Friday, using computers provided by the school district.

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