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eLearning Days at the Wabasha-Kellogg School District 811


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September 25, 2019

Re: eLearning Days

Dear Families,

The Wabasha-Kellogg ISD #811 has planned and prepared for school closure days due to inclement weather and other emergency situations. At the September school board meeting, the eLearning Plan for Wabasha-Kellogg was approved. Attached to this email is the framework for our eLearning Days.

As has been the case in the past, the first two school cancellations will not be made up and will be considered school closure days. The next five school cancellations will be eLearning Days. All eLearning Days count as a day of school for our students and teachers. Attendance is taken and teachers are on-call via email.

It is the goal of the School District to deliver an instructional day via eLearning that creates an opportunity to avoid learning lapses that occur when school cancellations occur. An eLearning Day is not meant for a student to be in session for the entire day, but to have engagement in learning activities that are appropriate at each age/grade level. In the secondary, it is expected that TOTAL time engaged would be around 2 hours (approx. 15 minutes for each class), and in the elementary that would be around an hour. If assignments are not completed during a school cancellation day, they will have two additional days to complete the work and receive support from their teachers.

What are eLearning Days?

 

The term “eLearning Day” refers to a school day when instead of coming to our school buildings for instruction, teachers and students will be working off-site. Students in grades PreK-12 will do different learning activities throughout the eLearning Day.

 

  • Flexible Learning Days for grades 7-12 will consist of communicating online using Schoology, our digital learning platform. Teachers will share assignments and hold virtual office hours while students complete assignments and receive guidance from teachers.
  • Flexible Learning Days for grades PreK-6 will consist of a variety of grade-level activity sheets and/or digital learning opportunities along with a digital means of communicating daily goals and assignments. This information will be made available prior to the eLearning Day and will also be posted online.
  • Teachers will be available via email from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on an eLearning Day as well as for one hour in the evening between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. You will receive information from your child’s teachers about more specific details.

eLearning Days allow us to control our school calendar as well as provide continuity with instruction in the event we have many school cancellations like we did last year. In the next few months, further communication regarding eLearning Days will occur in preparation for their use.


eLearning Day Framework
   
Author: Jim Freihammer   E-Mail: jfreihammer@wkfalcons.org