COLORADO SPRINGS – With more winter weather heading our way, we’re taking a look at one District’s unique approach to snow days – we’re talking about E-Days!
Snow days just aren’t the same at Falcon High School. Now students can do their entire curriculum for the day from the comfort of their own home. Staff say about 70-75% of kids turn in assignments on E-Days, which can actually be more than the average day of school.
Here’s how it works. Instead of using a snow day or delayed start students can do a full days work all on their computer. That includes watching a lecture and even participating in classroom discussions.
Lessons are always posted by 9 a.m. and teachers are available to answer students questions all day. For a school like Falcon, where snow is common and roads can be dangerous, E-days were the perfect solution.
“A lot of times when roads were clear in town we still have issues out here,” explained Falcon High School Principal Cheryl DeGeorge. “One thing we were seeing is students didn’t come often on 2-hour delays just because the roads were still bad.”
Falcon High School only has 5 allotted number of E-days they can use each year.
We reached out to other Districts about the idea. District 11 and District 38 say they’ve both discussed the concept, but don’t have plans to implement it currently. One of the biggest issues being students access to technology. District 11 says next year all freshman will receive a laptop so this could possibly be an option for high school students in years to come.