☃️ Busy? Here's the TL;DR
- You know there's a severe weather school closure in your future
- Get ahead of it by creating a template for teachers to send home
- Make sure you show them how to write clear headlines
- And decide on the type of snow day you want to have
- Get started with this template!
Before the weather even thinks of getting crazy, you need to send your faculty a principal snow day message.
Why? Because not everyone knows what's expected of them on a snow day, and that means some families won't get key communications. With a little advance planning, you can ensure that your team knows exactly what to do when a snow day is called.
Ready? Let's go!
Tip #1. Show your faculty how to be very clear
You wouldn't think that "today" or "tomorrow" are vague words, but you'd be surprised at how many parents will say to themselves, "By tomorrow, does she actually mean today or tomorrow?" 🤣 When teachers send out a Snow Day school newsletter, it should have specific information in the title.
You can see for yourself, in the examples below, which is clearest:
Tip #2. Decide what kind of snow days you're going to have
You have three basic options:
- Synchronous learning (via Zoom or another similar platform)
- Asynchronous learning (posting assignments on Google Classroom, or some such)
- Classic snow day (pancakes, sledding & hot chocolate) but give parents a break and share a resource or two!
Teachers should know in advance if they're teaching, grading, or Netflix & chilling.
And that's it! Two tips to ensure that timely communications reach families in uncertain times.