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ELC to start virtual snow days

December 23, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central started a program of Virtual Snow Days this year. While there has not so far been a day of no school for the district, it's difficult to predict very far in advance when a weather event might cause school to close.

ELC High School Principal Brad Leonard said in a statement, "The advantages of these virtual days go beyond simply staying true to the calendar. Statistically over 40 percent of Americans in the workforce spend at least some time working remotely from home. Creating an opportunity here at school that allows our students to practice that aspect of employability is an important way to help them succeed in the workforce they will eventually enter."

The number of remote workers has increased 4 percent since 2012.

Gallup issued a report that found flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee's decision to take or leave a job.

According to Gallup's latest State of the Workplace report, more than half of employees, 53 percent, say a role that allows them to have greater work-life balance is "very Important" to them when considering whether to take a new job. Similar numbers of employees, 51 percent, say they would change jobs for one that offered them flextime and 37 percent would do the same for aj ob that offered the m the ability to work where they want at least part of the time.

As Principal Leonard said about making ELC students more employable, Gallup's report says, "The modern workforce expects autonomy, and many employers have taken note. An increasing number of companies offer work-from home and flexible working arrangements for their employees."

The occasional opportunity to work offsite for students creates not only a situation in which the student's ability to work in various situations for an employer is enhanced, but also a sense of confidence in the student, who may, based on the experience of already working from home, might ask for a working environment that allows the student to achieve work-life balance, according to Andres Castro Samayoa, a data expert at Boston University.

Principal Leonard said, "Teachers will be available throughout the day to answer emails, or personal contact through Google Hangouts or other virtual resources."

Leonard said teachers understand the need to be flexible with those who experience technology difficulties, or simply do not have the technology needed to be successful during the virtual day.

Leonard said the virtual snow day curriculum will ensure a consistent finish time to the school year for all those students and families who have spring commitments scheduled.

The school year is scheduled to end May 24, 2019. It is currently holiday/winter break.

Students return in two weeks: Monday, Jan. 7.

 
 
 

 

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