All-girls academy activates online classes instead of snow day

While November 17 marked the first snow day of the season for many schools throughout Kentuckiana, for Mercy Academy students and staff it proved to be a day in rather than a day off.As her younger brother sat and watched television Monday morning, Kayla Fitzgerald, 16, kept her eyes glued to her iPad.

“It’s basically like Facebook for school,” said Kayla, a sophomore at Mercy Academy in Louisville. “This is a rubric that our teacher sent us of a project that we were going to do in class today.”

Unlike many other school districts that opted to cancel classes after the season’s first snow, Mercy Academy leaders decided to promote productivity by holding classes online Monday.

“We moved this year to online school for inclement weather,” said Amy Elston, the Mercy Academy principal. “It’s not a break day where students just get to study or they just get to do some busy work or random worksheet. It really needs to be a continuation of what they were doing in the classroom the previous day.”

While this is the all-girl Roman Catholic academy’s first year testing out the online snow day program, both Kayla and her father, Scott, applauded the system.

“I love the fact that my daughter is still able to get some school time in even though it’s a snow day,” said Scott Fitzgerald.

“I actually love it,” Kayla said. “Instead of going to school for several hours and then coming home and having an additional three hours of homework, you get the work done and you don’t have to stay after in May.”

As it stands, Mercy Academy has five built-in online snow days this school year.

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