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Illinois School Drops Snow Days for E-Learning Days

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WATERLOO, Ill. (KMOX) – In one Metro East school district last week’s snow days were replaced by e-learning days.

It doesn’t quite have the same ring, but Russ Hart, Gibault Catholic High School Principal said it’s saving them from tacking on those additional days at the end of the year.

The system is called, My Big Campus, and it allows teachers to post assignments even instructional videos online. To get state credit for an E-Learning day teachers are required to post all assignments by 7:30 a.m., then students check-in by 9 a.m.

This year was the first year for the program, but it has already proved its value outside the freak snow storm.

Hart said one high school senior battling cancer has been using the program so he doesn’t fall behind.

“He’ll come in for a while, then he’ll be gone for a while … I know it was very important for him to stay in communication with his teachers,” Hart explained.

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