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For many school districts, it has been anything but learning as usual as classrooms transitioned to online instruction. The fact that kids are home all day, plopped in front of a computer because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, could spell the demise of the traditional snow day we grew up wishing for; it meant a day of ditching the school books for snow boots, and spending the day throwing snowballs and building snowmen.

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That’s not the case in one Indiana school district that shut down because of inclement weather.

Dr. Jack Parker, superintendent of Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation in Fortville, Indiana, sent a letter to parents with two simple assignments for their kids, WRTV reported.

All they had to do was play in the snow and throw snowballs.

The note wasn’t a joke; it was real and sounded like an official assignment showing that learning can happen anywhere.

It read in part:

“Students will use the scientific process in planning appropriate clothing to remain warm and dry while spending time outside. Once the hypothesis has been identified, and appropriate attire has been secured, students will be expected to test their theory by going outdoors and playing in the snow.”

The second part of the assignment had math class covered, as students were required to “practice the skills of estimation and measurement when throwing snowballs at one another while maintaining a minimum of 6′ distance with others outside of your household. When being hit with said snowball students are expected to practice their social skills and to use their good words,” WRTV reported.

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Finally, there was a chance for always-needed “extra credit” which could be earned by shoveling sidewalks and/or driveways.

If a student was under the weather, their alternative assignment consisted of resting and drinking fluids, WRTV reported.

Once school is back in virtual session, the students are to self-report to their teachers, who can decide to count the day for a grade.

Of course, kids who want to go the extra mile were given the option to work on other assignments too.

Mt. Vernon isn’t the only school keeping the traditional snow day while kids learn virtually.

A New Jersey school district said that despite the learning from home model they’re using because of the coronavirus pandemic, kids will still get snow days.

“We have decided that few childhood acts remain unchanged due to COVID-19 and we will maintain the hope of children by calling actual snow days due to inclement weather.” Mahwah Township Public Schools announced in October, reported.

Like the Mt. Vernon district, Mahwah said students need to be kids by playing in the snow, baking cookies, reading and watching movies when snow starts to fly.