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POLL: Should Virtual Classes Replace Snow Days in New Jersey?

So, should New Jersey recognize out-of-school virtual learning as class time? Please vote in our poll and/or comment below.

For the most part, all students and teachers love snow days.

Until the closures amount to the point where previously scheduled extended weekends, week-long breaks, and even graduation dates are compromised. 

That's what's happened throughout much of New Jersey this winter season, as the winter storm season kept many students snowed in and schools closed. For one school district in Bergen County, however, a nor'easter wasn't going to stand in its way of education.

Pascack Valley, N.J. students spent Thursday, Feb. 13 snowed in but still learning, as the district held a day of virtual class, nj.com reported. Each student has a district-issued laptop they were able to use while learning from home, the report said.

The day of schoolwork, however, has yet to be considered a class day, as virtual schooling is yet to be approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, the report said. 

So, should New Jersey recognize out-of-school virtual learning as class time? Please vote in our poll and/or comment below.
Sheila February 24, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I never understand why people have such disdain for teachers. If you think that when that bell rings their day is done you're mistaken. It's not like my job when it's time to go home I get to leave work behind and not think of it again until tomorrow. And if you want to gripe that they only work 10 months then start a campaign to have school year round, so that your children can go year round, because if your kids aren't there then there's nothing for teachers to do. No, you would all complain that you couldn't make vacation plans. If your children knew how little you think of our education system or their teachers, then don't expect them to respect them.
Jen February 24, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Thanks for the advice jerseytomato. I am saying that if the school provided my kid with a laptop and school was closed, I would be all for them being able to make up the day by doing schoolwork rather than doing something less constructive. Plus there's this post from December http://collingswood.patch.com/groups/schools/p/collingswood-schools-considering-google-chromebooks-for-students
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 07:55 AM
I completely misread Jen's post. So, for the record, I stand corrected and regret doing so. Sheila, unfortunately, I don't have children, and am able to freely make vacation plans. As for our education system, I'm afraid it's appalling, but I pay my tax dollars in support, none the less.
Parent March 05, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school gets it done in less time, get education back to what it was.
Parent March 05, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school gets it done in less time, get education back to what it was.

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