Shutting schools because of occasional bad weather, such as snow, does not adversely affect learning, according to a study from Harvard University. The research, led by academic Joshua Goodman, aims to put to an end to the perennial winter argument of whether schools should try to stay open during periods of heavy snow. The report analyses seven years of US test results, concluding that there is no evidence of snow closures damaging learning. Student absenteeism through sickness or truancy was a much bigger problem, Professor Goodman said.
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