NEW Inclement Weather Information (2020-2021)
NEW THIS YEAR! If students are out of school for one inclement weather day and return to school the next day, then students will enjoy a traditional “snow” day. If the Waynesville R-VI School District is out for a second day or more in row (known as consecutive inclement weather days), then students will be required to log in and attend school online on the second, third, fourth, etc. consecutive inclement weather day.
For example, if students are out of school on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 for inclement weather, then students will need to log in and attend school online on Dec. 9. Continuing with our example, if Dec. 16 was also an inclement weather day, students would enjoy a traditional "snow" day and not need to log in on Dec. 16. If, however, the next day (Dec. 17) was also an inclement weather day (in addition to Dec. 16), then students would need to log in on Dec. 17.
Why the change? The State of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved Alternative Methods of Instructions (AMI, such as distance learning) for use during weather days. During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to keep students engaged with their teachers to avoid a loss of learning during continuous days off. Using consecutive days will help avoid gaps in your child’s education, provide continuity of learning and help your child achieve academic success. Additionally, inclement weather days will help prepare staff and students in the event that the district would need to return to distance learning.
Will the district receive more money for having school on consecutive snow days? No. The district has adopted a max calendar and does not have to make up the days; however, after witnessing the academic challenges brought on by the pandemic in the spring, we believe that we must do everything possible to keep students engaged and learning. We want students to be prepared at all times to make the switch from seated to virtual learning and this is one way to keep the skills intact.
How will inclement weather (snow) days impact the school calendar? Because the district has chosen a max calendar, snow days do not have to be made up in the traditional sense. The last day of school will be May 27, 2021, regardless of the number of snow days.