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Westford Public Schools Weather
Distance Learning Plan Overview

Distance Learning refers to a process of providing students with assignments and/or instruction that can be done remotely in order to make up school when school is closed due to reasons such as inclement weather.  This practice has been implemented in several area districts. This Distance Learning will be completed by students at home within a certain window of time and will be done in lieu of making up additional snow days at the end of the school year.  As a PK-12 district divided into elementary, middle, and high schools, we are looking to create a model that is flexible within the district, within schools, and even within grades as long as the instructional activities meet the DESE definition of structured learning time.

During the winter months each school year, the district typically has unexpected school cancellations due to inclement weather.  Westford has had an average of 4.7 canceled days per year due to weather over the past seven years. While many students might welcome a day off from school, these cancellations pose interruptions to the teaching and learning process.  Canceled school days are added to the end of the school calendar in June, which is not optimal for timely, focused learning experiences. Although we firmly believe that the highest form of learning takes place in a classroom with a qualified teacher, support staff or specialist, we also acknowledge that days made up at the end of the school calendar are not of the same quality as those that could be offered with extended learning opportunities.

The process of Distance Learning provides Westford Public Schools’ students with current and relevant learning opportunities to replace canceled school days.  Teachers will provide curriculum-based learning opportunities that their students can complete in place of the canceled school day. There will be a window of about two weeks given to students to complete their assignments to account for potential power outages or other factors that may inhibit students from completing the work remotely on that particular canceled school day.  

Below are resources that will explain Distance Learning in more detail: