WAYNE, NJ - This past winter, Wayne schools had its last snow day, but much like the last day of in-person school for seniors in March, no one knew it was the last one. As part of the new normal, there will be no more snow days for students, teachers and school support staff anymore.
Up until recently, this was in dispute. The New Jersey Department of Education had declared that any weather-related closure of public schools would not count towards the 180-day requirement.
“Even if it was a virtual day, it would not count as a school day,” said Wayne Superintendent of schools, Dr. Mark Toback.
Toback told the Wayne Board of Education, and the public listening during the last BOE meeting that there was a dispute between public school superintendents and the NJ DOE over this issue, but that it had been resolved recently.
“I’m happy to report that common sense has prevailed when it comes to meeting the 180-day requirement,” he said. “Now we have the option of including those days of remote instruction towards the required 180 days of schools even if remote instruction is being delivered on an inclement weather day.”
There is one caveat, that could warm a child’s heart on a bitter cold day.
“However, there is one requirement,” said Toback. “In the event of a power outage where there is a loss of Wi-Fi across the community that would be a day, we would not be able to count.”
No more surprise weekdays off. No more putting homework off because of the promise of a snow day. No more sledding and building snowmen instead of learning. This is an example of the subtle changes this new normal brings.