Pueblo districts opt for e-learning instead of snow day

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PUEBLO, Colo. — On Sunday, a recorded 7.8 inches fell in Pueblo, according to the National Weather Service. This is the most snow Pueblo’s got in a single day in October in the last five years. More snow continued into Monday though, so this storm total is still racking up.

FOX21 Storm Team Meteorologist Emily Roehler said the last time we saw a single-day total close to this amount was Jan. 5, 2017, then Pueblo got six inches.

“I believe it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snow this time of year,” said Chuckie Roldan, who was out enjoying the snow on Monday.

“We don’t really get a lot, so this is fun for a change,” said 17-year-old Blythe.

District 60 and District 70 opted for e-learning days instead of calling a snow day to students.

“Hopefully today wasn’t a surprise for students to get online they should know how to access those online courses, and it will be interesting what our attendance was like and how many students we participating online,” said Seip.

Seip said they plan to make snow days e-larning days if this one goes well.

“I’m sure there were some frustrated students out there who saw the snow and were really getting those sleds prepared, but instead were getting notebooks and chrome books prepared for the day,” Seip said.

“Back then we had snow days we had the day off, now you gotta hop on your computer. That’s just shame! Kids have it rough these days,” said Dylan Kuhlman, who was also out sledding.

Public Information Officer for Pueblo School District 70, Todd Seip, said that the school year started late due to COVID so the district is working to make sure they still meet the instructional hours required by the state.

State law requires each local school board to annually adopt a district calendar that includes a
minimum of 160 student contact days and allows local boards flexibility in changing that
calendar as a result of emergency closings or unforeseen circumstances.

State law requires each school schedule to include the following minimum number of hours of
planned teacher-pupil instruction and teacher-pupil contact during the school year:
● Secondary schools (middle, junior high or high school): 1,080 hours
● Elementary schools: 990 hours
● Kindergarten: 900 hours for full time and 450 hours for part-time
● Colorado Preschool Program: 720 hours for full time and 360 hours for part-time

Tuesday is looking to be another snow day for some:

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