Classroom Update

2 Quick Tips for a Principal Snow Day Message to Faculty

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
Happy kid laying on a snow.

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!

GIF of teacher jumping back into bed because it's a snow day

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:

  1. Synchronous learning (via Zoom or another similar platform)
  2. Asynchronous learning (posting assignments on Google Classroom, or some such)
  3. 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.

Examples of what to include on a snow day newsletter, depending on what type of snow day it is.

And that’s it! Two tips to ensure that timely communications reach families in uncertain times.

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Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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