Sorry, kids: it's time to cancel snow days with rise of online learning, expert says

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Sorry kids, but an education expert says a snow day might not be enough to get you out of that test in the era of online learning.

Heavy snowfall disrupted the reopening of schools in three COVID-19 hot spots in the Toronto area today.

Public and Catholic school boards in Peel and York Regions cancelled in-person classes because of the inclement weather, but they said virtual learning would continue, snow or shine.

Meanwhile, the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District school boards, decided to move ahead with reopening, but forced students to make their own way to class after cancelling transportation services.

Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, says the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a lesson about the need for learning to continue during periods of disruption.

Bennett says he appreciates the sentimental value of snow days, but the rise of school cancellations in some regions in recent years has come at a cost to children's studies and parents' professional productivity.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2021.

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