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A new twist to snow days: Stay home, but log on and learn

For years, the equation has been simple for kids in Western New York: Snow day = bonus vacation day. Snowstorm

But now, a tiny school district in Ohio has taken a step that could change all that.

When the snow gets too deep to trudge to school in the Mississinawa Valley Schools this year, students are going to have to log on and access their lessons online, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

It looks like this is more or less a pilot program in Ohio. Before officials with Ohio's Department of Education let any other district follow suit, they want to make sure it's going well in Mississinawa Valley first.

And back here at home, no doubt, plenty of kids will be hoping the idea doesn't snowball.

- Mary Pasciak


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