Online Snow Days

The winter and spring months of the year bring school closings and make-up days that over the years have proven disruptive to the school calendar and to the instructional programs for students. Unscheduled closings compromise the quality of the learning process that Bullis carefully and deliberately plans and prepares for its students. Unforeseen make-up days impact school-sponsored and personal activities, including planned vacations, faculty professional development programs and other Bullis events.

To eliminate the need to extend the school year into the summer or cancel holidays currently scheduled during the spring, Bullis School will implement online snow days on the third school closing due to inclement weather (not including delayed openings).

The program is intended to provide meaningful learning experiences for Bullis students. Parents and students are encouraged to integrate the following strategies into their online school day academic time:

  • Establish a quiet learning space and remove distractions to learning.
  • Create a routine for doing school work. Start early in the day.
  • Review the online work that needs to be completed. LS/MS parents should review the online work with their child, be present while the student is working and check their child’s completed work. US students should set goals for completing their work.
  • Use online tools to communicate with the teacher during the day. Many teachers will announce “office hours” when they will be available to communicate with students.

Policies for Online Snow Days

The policies for Online Snow Days are designed to reduce the impact and disruption to the school calendar and programs when school is closed due to inclement weather. They are as follows:

  • Online Snow Days will go into effect on the third school closing due to inclement weather (not including delayed openings).
  • Once the Online Snow Days are in effect, each school closing due to inclement weather (not a delayed opening) will be an Online Snow Day. This will be stated clearly on any school closing announcement—the Bullis website, LiveSafe messages and social media.
  • Online Snow Days will continue to be in effect for weather-related school closings for the remainder of the school year.

General Procedures for an Online Snow Day

  • Beginning at 10:00 a.m., all Bullis students should log in to Haiku and check the assignments on their course/teachers' pages.
  • MS and US students are only expected to check Haiku pages for the classes they would have been scheduled to attend on that particular Online Snow Day. (For example: on Fridays, A block does not meet; therefore, students would not have work to complete for A block on a Friday Online Snow Day.) These students are responsible for checking the blue or gold week schedule to see what classes would meet on the day of the Online Snow Day.
  • Assignments are due as specified by the teacher or the division the student is in.
  • Bullis teachers will be available to students via email for questions or support until 4:00 p.m., if power and connectivity permit.
  • If a home is without power, students must communicate with their teachers once that power is restored. Assigned work will be due at a reasonable time as determined by the division.
  • If multiple consecutive Online Snow Days occur, teachers will post assignments for each additional Online Snow Day by 10:00 a.m.
  • Check below for additional procedures specific to your student's division.

Lower School Online Snow Day Procedures

The purpose of the Online Snow Day assignments is to keep current with curriculum objectives by grade when face-to-face instruction is not possible due to school closings. Lower School students will be investing on average about 30 minutes per subject area during these Online Snow Days.

  • Read carefully the policies and general procedures for an Online Snow Day above.
  • Each grade level will have plans posted on individual teacher Haiku pages. However, a paper copy of the appropriate grade level plans will be sent home with each student for families to keep on hand at home for when the Online Snow Days are in effect.
  • Assignments or activities are due on the day students return to school.
  • All students are expected to complete the assignments independently, putting forth their personal best effort.
  • Additional assignments that are posted for multiple consecutive Online Snow Days will be designed to sustain learning experiences that align with the curriculum.

Middle School Online Snow Day Procedures

Online Snow Days give students the opportunity to engage in relevant work when school is closed due to inclement weather. Accordingly, Middle School teachers will create and post lessons on their Haiku webpages to promote student retention of current curriculum topics. Assignments are designed to take approximately 30 minutes per subject to complete.

  • Read carefully the policies and general procedures for an Online Snow Day above.
  • Completed assignments for each class are to be submitted by the next scheduled session of that class. (Ex. Work for A Block on Monday is due by A Block on Tuesday)
  • Students are encouraged to communicate with teachers via email by 4:00 p.m. if there are questions.
  • Students taking a blended online course are expected to work on that course if an Online Snow Day falls on a scheduled face-to-face or virtual session for that blended online course.

Upper School Online Snow Day Procedures

Online Snow Days will allow our academic schedule to continue uninterrupted, which is vital to both short-term and long-term success.

All Upper School students are comfortable using Haiku, as all use technology in and out of their classroom experiences. Assignments are designed to take approximately 30 minutes per subject to complete.

  • Read carefully the policies and general procedures for an Online Snow Day above.
  • Upper School staff will upload assignments by 10:00 a.m. on the day of an Online Snow Day and will monitor their Haiku pages to ensure students are working on assignments.
  • Students taking a blended online course are expected to work on that course if an Online Snow Day falls on a scheduled face-to-face or virtual session for that blended online course.
  • In the event of multiple consecutive Online Snow Days (i.e., 2-3 days of Online Snow Days), staff will return graded assignments and continue posting work.
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