News: Snow Closures cause ‘no harm to learning’

Start praying for snow. Great news from a really important study from Harvard Univeristy shows that closing schools on occasional days because of bad weather does not damage learning.  The BBC reports

Researchers examined seven years of data and found no evidence that snow closures adversely affected results.

The worst disruption was caused when schools tried to stay open but many staff and pupils were missing.

The study, carried out by Joshua Goodman, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts in the US, was an attempt to measure the impact of school days lost to bad weather.

Professor Goodman adds,

(Schools) need to consider the downside when deciding NOT to declare a snow day during a storm — the fact that many kids will miss school regardless either because of transportation issues or parental discretion. And because those absences typically aren’t made up in the school calendar, those kids can fall behind.

Click here to read the full report from Harvard University.

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