April 22 2015

Burlington Schools Set Out to Answer Questions About Blizzard Bags

By: Rich Hosford

Do you have questions about Burlington Public Schools’ Blizzard Bag program? 


The new pilot learning project, intended to make up school days cancelled due to weather without having to extend the school year further into the summer vacation, was launched in Burlington this year. It is the first district in the state to try it and because it is so new, school officials are giving parents a chance to ask any questions they may have about it. 


“As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and not everything will proceed exactly as planned,” the homepage of the new site dedicated to the program states. “However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.” 


One opportunity parents will have to ask questions is during a Blizzard Bag phone-in on Tuesday, April 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (512) SNOWDAY [512-766-9329] to have questions answered live. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the Blizzard Bag assignments and they will be responded to on a daily basis. 


Questions can also be sent to blizzardbags@bpsk12.org


It is also possible your questions have already been answered. The new site has a Frequently Asked Questions section that deals with a lot of potential inquiries. 


Finally, the schools plan to support the individual schools and teachers as they work through the program for the first time. 


“Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well as on the website,” the message from school official states. 

 

The due date for the assignments is June 1. Details of the assignments for each grade level can be found on the new web site


For more information on the Blizzard Bag program, check out this video news piece we put together with an interview with Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin. 

 
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