Dear Transylvania County Parents:
Colder weather is here, and winter is well underway. The falling temperatures also remind us that road conditions can change quickly in Transylvania County. When roads are unsafe, schools can’t operate as usual. Early releases, late starts, and cancellations all disrupt the learning process. A day missed for bad weather means one more day added to the calendar somewhere.
Previously, make-up time was scheduled on Saturdays, holidays and breaks, or by extending the school year. Now, Virtual Days help us protect the calendar and stay on schedule while school buildings are closed.For the first time, Transylvania County Schools will use VIRTUAL DAYS to keep students and the calendar from going off target when bad weather closes schools. Every Virtual Day spent working for a while at home means one more day we won’t make up, one more day that won’t be added to the calendar.
How does it work?
Wherever students go, they use technology more and more. Thanks to great teachers and smart technology, we’re ready to serve students at every level when the weather turns bad.
Middle and high school students will partner with teachers through their Chromebooks. Elementary students have “Blizzard Bags” filled with smart, engaging activities to help them continue their daily work. Every student can keep learning when school is closed, thanks to meaningful work sent home in advance.
We offer the highest-quality educational options for Transylvania County students, and we welcome you to this exciting new opportunity.Our mission is to prepare Transylvania County’s students for success in an ever-changing world. As we prepare our nation’s next leaders, technology offers some exciting possibilities for our students to get ahead and stay ahead. Learning isn’t confined to classrooms, and our great teachers now offer even more options to serve students better than ever.
(A Letter from TCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris)