In Nevada, a snow-day policy collapses under an avalanche of opposition

Amidst complaints from parents — and questions about its legality — a Nevada “digital snow day” policy didn’t survive the winter.

The Washoe County School District required students to work from home when bad weather forced schools to close. The idea was to avoid makeup days at the end of the school year.

But parents in the 64,000-student district — which takes in Reno, Sparks and some areas near Lake Tahoe — didn’t take to the idea. More than 2,100 parents signed an online petition calling for Superintendent Traci Davis’ resignation, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.  Nevada’s state education department said the policy violated state laws.

The district will go back to a traditional snow day policy for the remainder of the school year, and students won’t have to make up any school time missed so far this school year, the Associated Press reported.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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