A look at the 8 things you need to know today... many schools in our area were closed during yesterday's winter storm.
But students in the la crescent-hokah school district were able to work from home.
News 8's scott behrens explains.
When the weather is too bad for students to come to school... the district let's them work online from home.
It's called a wild day... which stands for weather, impacted, learning days... the la crescent-hokah school district can have up to five wild days a year... and unlike other districts they don't have to make up the days they miss.
((pac)) steve smith la crescent secondary school principal (5-12 grade levels) 5 24 "the biggest benefit is it doesn't wreak havoc with your calendars.
5 28 the la crescent- hokah high school principal says withou tweather, impacted, learning days the district would have to make up four school days in june this year.
8 15 "it does allow you to kind of maintain where you're at and not disrupt as many days within the curriculum."
8 23 he says another benefit is that it helps students stay focused on their work 9 47 "anytime you have a break, it takes a little bit of time to get back into the routine of school and the schedule and the mindset."
9 53 la crescent- hokah high school senior russell drye agrees 23 21 "you just stay engaged your mind keeps working on stuff you don't really have the chance to forget what you were talking about or you can even continue learning.
23 30 students have access to their textbooks online.
Teachers then give them assignments to work on over google classroom.
If the student needs help they can reach out to their teacher over the phone or through email.
La crescent sophomore emmarie byom 28 57 "in the morning our teachers email us our assignment for the day and then usually there's something we have to email them back for attendance.
29 06 and then there's an online assignment that we do and turn it back into them.
29 11 and even though the concept is simple, students say the execution was a little rocky at first but it's getting better emmarie byom 29 37 students know more what to do.
29 40 and we're getting more out of it i would say."
29 43 russell drye senior 22 31 the one yesterday was super easy to find my work and get it done."
22 35 and even though the school says it's not as effective as a traditional classroom, wild days are a lot better than missing school completely steve smith 19 16 "it's not as ideal as sitting in the classroom, but given the circumstances it's a pretty good advantage."
9 24 yesterday was the fourth wild day of the year.
The district can have one more before they have to start making up the missed days.
Another benefit to having this platform in place is that when a student goes on vacation or is sick they can use it to work from home.
?what about students who don't have internet access?
The district says around 99 percent of its students have internet access.
But if they think school may be canceled the teachers will try and let their students know so they can print off any assignments they may need to work from