FARMINGTON – After Farmington Municipal Schools announced a two-hour delay Tuesday morning, the district ultimately decided there would be a remote learning day for all students because of inclement weather. Tuesday was supposed to be the first day back to school for many students after a relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Renee Lucero, spokeswoman for the school district, said Tuesday was supposed to be the start day for in-person learning for 50% of pre-K to fifth grade students, and other students in a special program.
“The superintendent was making every effort to allow these students to get back into schools, but ultimately, all students participated in remote learning,” Lucero said.
In October 2020, the district adopted a policy to help combat snow days, or inclement weather days, that would include remote learning.
Some say, however, that using remote learning on inclement weather days robs students of the traditional and often looked-forward-to snow day.
Normand Larivee, who works at Bond-Wilson Technical School in Kirtland where students are bused from their main schools to the technical school, said he is unsure what to tell his students when it comes to snow days and e-learning.
“Should I tell them that the bus will arrive two hours late? It hasn’t arrived in the last two months. Should I tell them they can sleep in late? I think that is what they do anyway,” Larivee chuckled.
“No. I should just say, ‘When you get up again, there will be no bus, and remember when not going to school was so very grand?’”