House Passes Snow Day Bill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – State House approved a bill that supports institutions to execute methods of making up snow days.

Sen. Roger A. Picard promoted this bill as a form of house-schooling for students, after an alarming number of school days were canceled.  The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday and it will now be sent to the House of Representatives.

This bill would allow teachers to generate a pre-lesson, either accessed online or given beforehand, that students could complete. The benefits include: meeting the 180 day quota, keeping districts on par, and facilitating student’s education.

“Being able to make up a day with an at-home lesson plan would give schools another option beyond adding days to the end of the year in June or eliminating some or all of one of the break weeks,” said Senator Picard.

The Department of Education must create a policy by Dec 1st to establish this bill; this will be regulated on a separate institutional basis. This policy has been successful in other states such as New Hampshire.

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