Emergency Flexible Learning Days

Emergency Flexible Learning Days

We are fortunate to be able to address a school closing very naturally, through a Flexible Learning Day. Because of our digital learning platforms, Seesaw and Schoology, and the fact that over 94% of our students have Internet access in their home, the learning does not stop.

If school is cancelled, all teachers will post learning activities by 10 a.m. for the students they would have seen that day. Teachers have been asked to use their respective classroom learning management system (Seesaw or Schoology) if at all possible so that students and families have one familiar place to look. Seesaw and Schoology provide a platform for posting materials students will need, for interaction, or brief videos of content teachers would like delivered. There may be rare exceptions where the classroom learning management software will not work for someone, especially in the youngest grades, so check email if nothing is posted in the learning management platform for your child(ren)'s classroom, or call your teacher(s) if for any reason you do not have an internet connection. Accommodations will be made for learners without internet access.

In preparation for Emergency Flexible Learning Days, teachers have been asked to:

  • Anticipate time requirements recognizing students learn at different paces, especially in an independent context.

  • Provide a timely plan, posting learning activities for the day by 10 a.m.

  • Be present on the learning management system (Seesaw or Schoology) used for their classes and access email during the Flexible Learning Day.

  • Plan for self-directed, independent learning with specific consideration to age and individual learning needs.

  • Customize learning opportunities especially in troubleshooting student challenges.

  • Communicate with colleagues to ensure common expectations, communications, and protocols.

Our world is becoming increasingly digital and having the skills to learn well online is crucial. Much of college curriculum and business training today are done this way, and this will only continue to grow. We know there are unique challenges for our students with special needs to perform academic tasks independently and we are continually working to improve the process. Still, our online, digital platform offers opportunities to continue the learning in the event of an emergency school closing when in the past, our only option has been to make up the day much later or not at all.