Blizzard Bags Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Blizzard Bags Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many days are the assignments planned for?
We have asked our teachers to provide assignments for three days at 2-3 hours per day.  This would be the equivalent of 9 total hours of work for each student grades 1-12 and 3-6 total hours of work for each student in PreK and K. At the secondary level, it is important to note that the total hours should encompass all courses. These are estimated totals, and we understand that student work rates will vary.

When will the assignments be provided to students?
Teachers will explain project assignments to students no later than after the fourth snow day. Students will be provided with specific instructions. The assignments will also be posted on school websites and linked through the district website. 

What if students need help or have questions on Blizzard Bag Days? 
Teachers will check email from home and will be able to respond to student and parent questions.  

What if my child usually gets assistance from the Special Education Teacher, ESL teacher, or other support teachers?
These staff members will modify Blizzard Bags for their students according to student needs. These staff members will check-in with students’ progress and provide any assistance necessary. 

What if the students can’t do projects on the Blizzard Bag Days because of child care arrangements?
Students may complete the projects on weekends, evenings, or other scheduled time off from school.  

What if the students can’t do projects on the Blizzard Bag Days because of lack of technology?
Principals will survey families to determine which students will need alternate project assignments that do not require technology. Students without home technology may also complete work on other days at community locations (i.e. Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Athenaeum).

What if my child does not complete Blizzard Bag Day assignments? 
Because the Blizzard Bag Days represent school days that your student will not make up, they will be assessed in the same way that other required assignments are assessed in their classroom. 

What if we don’t use any Blizzard Bag Days?
We will use these projects in class with students in the last weeks of school in June.