Thursday, February 20, 2014
A teacher makes an intriguing suggestion: create an "exceptional weather" policy that would not punish families or staff for missing school during big storms but would reward those who do make it to school.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Though heavy snowfalls can conjure feelings of frustration for commuters, a bed of freshly packed snow can also bring back memories of days passed when thick snow meant a day at home from school. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, gives us some of his best snow day memories. Lester Laminack is the author of the children's book "Snow Day!" When he's not writing books he's a professor of education at Western Carolina University. He joins The Takeaway to explain how snow days bring back childhood memories.
Monday, October 29, 2012
By Beth Fertig
Thursday, June 28, 2012
By Kyle Spencer
According to Department of Education officials, attendance on Wednesday was at 79.4 percent, a mere .2 percentage points lower than the rate for the last day of school in 2011 -- despite the fact that many schools had canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday because the city had clocked none of its allotted snow days this year.
Monday, June 25, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
It's an odd end to the school year for many students. Since there were no snow days this year, the Education Department is allowing more than 650 schools to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to allow for professional development for teachers. But students need to show up for a half day on Wednesday to pick up their report cards.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Note to public school parents: Adjust your calendars. Though the rains keep coming this spring, the winter was a mild one, and in many schools, two snow days that were never used are being given back to students at the end of June. But there's a catch: after having those two days off, students must come back to school for a half-day of classes, for one final counting of attendance.