DEMAREST, N.J. — Demarest and Old Tappan Northern Valley Regional High School students spent Monday on their lap tops.
But it's not what it sounds like: it was a scheduled "virtual day," during which students completed assignments online while teachers supervised.
The virtual day prepared students and faculty for an emergency that might force them to work remotely — per se, a snowstorm.
"The idea is that if there is ever a situation like a Superstorm Sandy or a Winter Storm Jonas we can still proceed with education," District Superintendent Geoffrey Gordon told Daily Voice.
Using the laptops for educational instruction also familiarizes students with the college learning environment, Gordon said.
"Ninety-two percent of of our kids go to college so part of the idea is to get kids to understand how to budget their time and to be comfortable with that learning style," he said.
The program is operated on the digital platform "Haiku," where students complete assignments for the corresponding classes. Students currently are given weekly assignments on Haiku.
"It's good to be able to practice and drill using the technology," Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest Principal James Santana said. "Leveraging the technology gives us more flexibility with scheduling and will allow us to expand some of our other programs."
The school is prepared to have a virtual day now if need be.
"I think if we had a situation where the kids were out of the school for several days they would know what they need to do."