A snow day no longer means an off day for many students in metro Atlanta.
More school districts are following the lead of Forsyth County, and now use digital learning days when they cancel classes.
Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications with the Forsyth County School District, told WSB "This is our fifth year, for Forsyth County Schools, for doing an online learning plan for school closures." She said Forsyth was the first district in Georgia to make this available on snow days.
Once students login, "They have the ability to complete their work now, or they can complete it later on during the day," Caracciolo said.
She said it's another way to offer school to students. Caracciolo told WSB "School is not the life of our students. School fits into their lives."
Caracciolo said she believes it teaches kids a valuable life lesson. "Even in the workforce they could be working virtually, so this is just how our students do school in Forsyth County," she said.
The school district is able to provide devices to students who don't have them thanks to a partnership with the Morrow Family Foundation.
Other counties are also offering digital learning to students on snow days. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports it's worked so well in Gwinnett County, the district has only two inclement weather days built-in this year.