December 10, 2020
Cairo-Durham CSD will not be participating in the snow day pilot program announced by the NYS Education Department earlier this school year. The state’s one-year snow day pilot program allows districts the option of pivoting to remote instruction on what would otherwise be a day of school closure due to weather conditions.
Cairo-Durham’s decision to not participate in the snow day pilot is primarily based on the history of power outages within the district following winter weather events. The ability of students and local faculty to participate in remote instruction may be limited due to storm-related power outages.
Additionally, there are many students without adequate internet access at home who would be unable to participate in remote instruction on a snow day. Currently the Media Center is available for some middle/high school students on remote days, however this will not be an option if there is inclement weather and the building is closed.
As in typical years, if Cairo-Durham needs to close due to winter weather there will be no K-12 classes (in person or remote).