DEDHAM, Mass. — Despite the snow on Tuesday, Dedham had a full remote-learning day.
“Today was not a snow day. [I] home-schooled my 3-year-old, I did Zoom kindergarten all day,” said Mike Volpe, a Dedham parent of two young children.
Volpe prefers a snow day, not a remote learning day, when it snows.
“So, if I have a meeting at 1 o’clock, I know that I can plan for that instead of planning my schedule as well as my 3-year-old’s schedule,” he said.
Volpe said it lets kids be kids and it gives him a break too.
“I’d rather have a snow day, let’s play in the snow. A 3-year-old or 5-year-old or even a 41-year-old shouldn’t be strapped to computer desk all day,” he said.
Meanwhile, snow shovels were hard at work on sidewalks around Boston as parents of school-age kids were hard at work inside. Boston Public Schools declared a partial snow day for students. That fell short for parents like Laureen Wood.
“I wish Boston would just do one or the other,” Wood said. “Either have a snow day or have a remote learning day.”
The partial days allowed students out early, but Wood said that’s not fair.
“Because my daughter has nothing to do from 1 p.m. until 4 o’clock when she should be occupied,” she said.
And, Wood says, the classroom time they do get is minimal.
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