Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow school districts in the state to offer classes remotely in cases of inclement weather.
The bill, passed by the state’s legislature, is now on Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) desk. Wolf, according to WGAL, is expected to sign the measure into law.
S.B. 440 would create an opt-in program for Pennsylvania school districts to establish “flexible instruction days” that use technology to allow for remote instruction, rather than having students and teachers take a day off for inclement weather.
Under the bill, school districts applying for the program would need to demonstrate that their students without internet access would be able to participate.
Holy Cross Prep School, in neighboring New Jersey, has already implemented a similar program. School officials told CNN that the model would likely become the norm across the nation in the future.
“As we travel through the 21st century, schools are going to look different,” the school’s principal told CNN. “I don’t think we’re going to have the same structure.”