LOCKHART — How many snow days does a school district have to make up? Who decides whether or not those days have to be made up?
Some students at Lockhart Elementary learned the answers to those questions while taking part in a “Problem-Based Learning (PBL) discussion.”
In a statement released last week, the school announced that Mrs. Hughey’s E.M.E.R.G.E. group had collaborated on a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) discussion concerning how (hypothetical) snow days should be made up within a school district. The press release states that students were given a scenario to deliberate based on how to make up seven school days before state mandated testing occurred. The different groups considered options such as turning teacher work days into school days, extending the school year and even adding time at the end of each school day.
The press release states that another option that was suggested involved forgiving a certain amount of days so that they did not have to be made up. However, the press release states that after researching this options, the students discovered that state legislation mandates that school districts are required to make up three days missed days but do allow such protocols that involve the local school board of trustees agreeing by majority vote to waive some of the missed days.
The students had an opportunity to present their “Snow Day Strategy” to a panel represented by LES Guidance Counselor Mr. Jim Palmer and LES Principal Mr. Jerry Wood.
The press release states that this activity helped students with research and collaborative discussion, as well as reinforced public speaking skills. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is based on real-life scenarios. Students learn to solve challenges through an extended process of asking questions, finding and investigating resources, and applying information to solve real-world problems
This story is courtesy of Lockhart Elementary School.