School district head dubbed 'hero' by students, opts out of requiring remote learning on snow days

snow days Elgin School District
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ELGIN, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There's no snow on the horizon now but the head of the second largest school district in Illinois says that, should there be enough snowfall or dangerously cold temperatures this winter, “snow days” will not be remote learning days.

“I think this year more than any other years, students and families should enjoy the magic of a snow day," said Elgin District U-46 Supt. Tony Sanders.

Sanders grew up in Nevada where “snow days” were rare but he says they’re kind of a right-of-passage in the Midwest.

To have remote learning when extreme weather forces everyone to stay home, school districts needed to get state permission by September 1 and Sanders decided not to push for it. He acknowledges some districts decided to have students learn remotely on days that would have, otherwise, been a “snow day”.

“There is something to a snow day that, I think, every child should experience at least once in their life and so, whether or not we get snow will be the next big question.”

Sanders said there’s not the infrastructure in place for students who need specialized help and it wouldn’t be fair to them to have remote learning for the rest of the student population. He said that would put them behind their peers.

On Sanders’ Facebook page, one person responded saying the superintendent had just cemented his “hero” status to students everywhere.

“It’ll give them one more reason to tweet me any time that there’s flurries possible," Sanders said in response.

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