Thank you for providing feedback about remote learning on snow days. We were excited to receive over 22,000 responses to our survey. As you can see from the results, the highest percentage of respondents indicated support for closing schools on snow days as Aurora Public Schools has historically done.
When asked whether remote learning on snow days should be synchronous (in real-time online) or asynchronous (students working on their own), asynchronous learning received more support (56.16%). Staff members were generally more supportive of asynchronous learning while synchronous learning received 43.84% support with more support from parents.
We considered this survey feedback along with the potential instructional benefit for students. We also considered the level of stress for staff and families to implement remote learning with limited advanced warning. Another consideration was the small possibility of needing to extend the school year if APS implements too many snow day closures. However, this is a rare occurrence and has not happened in recent history.
After considering these factors, we have decided to keep snow days as school closures, which is what APS has traditionally done. This means that remote learning will not be required on snow days. You can find more information about weather closures here.
We recognize that there may be some families who wish to continue learning at home during snow days, so we will continue to remind students and families about our remote learning resources that are available on our website. Please use these resources to accelerate learning at home including reading ebooks with your student through Sora and the Aurora Public Library.
Although we do not anticipate snow in the weather forecast for the near future, we certainly wanted to be prepared and communicate with our community as quickly as possible. We thank you for your continued support.
- Superintendent Rico Munn