The Gibraltar School District is considering going high-tech to make up for snow days. The district is experimenting with instruction at home via the internet and student laptops. Superintendent Tina Van Meer says the concept could change the whole idea about "snow days".
E-learning could go into effect during Gibraltar's next school year. Van Meer says in the case of winter storms e-learning could help the district avoid unpopular decisions of how to make up instructional time.
Right now Gibraltar Schools won't have to make up for last weeks winter storm. The district previously extended the school day and had banked up enough time to meet the nearly 440 hours of instruction for half-day kindergarten and nearly 1100 hours for full-day kindergarten through sixth grade and nearly 1140 hours for grades 7-12. That, however, still depends on the weather for the remainder of winter.