All About Weather Related Flexible Learning Days

All About Weather Related Flexible Learning Days
Posted on 11/25/2019
Winter Weather InfoAs winter weather is once again upon us, we’d like to briefly review some key points regarding weather-related school closings and flexible learning days.  

The Decision to Close Schools 
The closing of school for inclement weather is a serious matter. This type of decision impacts virtually everyone in the entire district. Student safety is the prevailing factor in reaching this decision. A decision on school closure is made as early as possible after consultation with officials from the Weather Bureau, county road crews, the District’s Buildings and Grounds Department, the bus company, and neighboring school district superintendents.
After-school activities: A decision regarding after-school activities will be made as weather and road conditions are monitored throughout the day
Kid Connection: If schools are closed for inclement weather, Kid Connection will also be closed. 

Communication of School Closings
      If schools are closed due to inclement weather, families will receive an automated phone call via the School Messenger service. In anticipation of this, please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the school office.  
     Announcements will be made on radio station WCCO and television stations WCCO, KSTP, KARE, and FOX, and the school district web page, www.farmington.k12.mn.us, prior to 6:30 a.m. that school will be closed. Students should not report to school but should engage in flexible learning activities as assigned.  

Flexible Learning Day Expectations 
     We are fortunate to be able to address a school closing very naturally, through flexible learning days. Our digital learning platform, 1:1 iPad deployment, and the fact that over 95% of our students have internet access in their home means that the learning does not stop. The first weather-related school closing of the year will be a flexible learning day. Here’s what to expect: 
— Learning activities will be posted no later than 10 a.m. 
— Activities are designed by teachers to be completed by learners with minimal adult support.
— Teachers will be available digitally throughout these days via email and/or Schoology.
— Due dates for these activities will be flexible. 
— Elementary teachers have been especially mindful of the amount of work assigned to our younger learners on flexible learning days. The anticipated work times for elementary students are listed below by grade level. If activities take longer than the times outlined below, please contact the teacher or building principals.
— — Kindergarten: 45 minutes - 1 hour
— — First Grade: 1-2 hours
— — Second Grade: 1 - 2 hours
— — Third Grade: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
— — Fourth Grade: 2 - 3 hours
— — Fifth Grade: 2 - 3 hours

Learn More
     Additional information about winter weather practices and flexible learning days is available on our district website under Families > Winter Weather Information. Should you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact your building principal or the Superintendent's Office at (651) 463-5013.
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