Snow day or remote learning day? Rhode Islanders weigh in

WEST GREENWHICH, R.I. (WLNE) — While Rhode Island experienced its first significant snowfall of the year, some students are learning remote while others enjoy the day off.

West Greenwich’s school department was shut down for a snow day Tuesday. Meanwhile, Coventry was learning remotely.

Paige Caffrey, an educator from Warwick, says snow days are often needed for students’ mental health.

“I would have loved to not have the extra day on at the end, but I’ll take the snow day,” she explained.

“While I can see the positive in that too, you know, everyone unplugs for the day and can just relax which is nice,” Caffrey continued.

Little Compton held a half-day for students to learn remotely.

Supt. Dr. Laurie Dias-Mitchell said in a statement to ABC6 News: “I’m a lifelong educator of the whole child and an avid outdoorswoman/skier and I couldn’t agree more about the magic of snow days! That is why the day is split— virtual instruction in the morning with the rest of the day for free play,” she said.

“It’s a win-win — continuity of instruction after a full week off (students returned yesterday from February break) and time to enjoy the delightful frozen, white fluffy stuff without having to sit in a sweltering classroom during the last week of June,” she concluded.

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