Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

March 7, 2014

Snow, snow go away. Come again another day. Even if the administration took to singing this song, it would hardly help stop the winter weather Harford County has been receiving. As a result of the weather, the administration made the decision to create a new policy and institute Cyber Days to keep students from having to make up snow days.

On Cyber Days, all teachers have to post at least a 30-minute assignment for each class scheduled to meet that day. Students then have to complete these assignments during their day off and have the assignments ready for the next day they attend school.

According to Principal Madelyn Ball, the decision was made at the suggestion of teachers because “we were really worried about how we could possibly [make up for all the missed snow days].” The new policy, instituted in mid-February, was the solution to ensure that days were not taken from Spring Break or tacked on to the end of the year. Cyber Days will replace snow days, and students will not have to make up these missed days. Already, there have been three Cyber Days.

“The only time this isn’t going to work well is when we have the ice storms and students don’t have electricity,” Ball said.

However, in accordance with the Cyber Day policy, Ball said the school will be “flexible.” As long as students bring in a note from home, they will be given more time to complete the work they were unable to complete due to power outages.


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