e-Learning Days at District 99
District 99’s e-Learning Program allows us to substitute emergency cancellation days with e-Learning days. On these days students will check in with their teachers virtually and use their Chromebooks to receive assignments when the school building is closed. (See the standards for emergency closing here.) Administrators will make decisions about school cancellation and the implementation of eLearning days as soon as possible. Student attendance will be handled by teachers through the normal attendance taking procedures.
e-Learning Day Process and Expectations
- On an e-Learning day, students should join each class through the video link provided by their teachers. Not joining the class will result in being marked absent for each period missed.
- In advance of an e-Learning day, teachers will inform students where to find assignments and the video chat link for their class. During normal school hours, students can email their teachers if they need assistance with their assignments for the day.
- On e-Learning days due to inclement weather, all teachers are expected to work remotely. On all other e-Learning days, teachers can choose to work remotely or in the school buildings, unless told otherwise by their supervisor.
- Before an e-Learning day takes place, teachers will clearly communicate to their students where to find the class video chat (Google Meets) link, where to find their assignments, and how to submit those assignments. When deciding on assignment due dates, consideration must be given for the possibility of students losing the ability to complete the work on that e-Learning day.
- On e-Learning days, teachers and students will meet synchronously through video chat (Google Meets) at the start of each class. Teachers will take attendance, explain the daily assignment(s) and the due dates, answer any questions, and then release students. Students should have choice in how to use their time and cannot be required to be on the video call for the entirety of the class period.
- By the start of each class period on an e-Learning Day, all teachers will have their daily assignments posted to Google Classroom. Assignments and the synchronous meeting should take students approximately the same amount of time for that scheduled period to complete in total.
- This time can be a combination of any learning tasks (instruction, reading, researching, writing, etc.), and does not need to be technology-based. These tasks do not need to amount to a full period of student work production. It should be designed to mirror instructional goals that would have been implemented had the day been a normal school day. The student learning on that day should be meaningful and continue to move students through the curriculum.
- Learning tasks should be asynchronous, meaning students can access the instructional materials and complete the tasks at any point during the day.
- As with any assignment, students should know the goal of the lesson, what resources will be needed to complete the lesson, how they will submit the work, and how it will be assessed.
- Teachers will be available, through G-Suite products (e-mail, docs, Classroom, Meet) or Hapara, for responding to student questions in a timely manner, during normal school hours. If a teacher will not be available to respond to students for an extended period of time, that teacher should inform their immediate supervisor and adjust assignment due dates if needed. If possible, teachers should also notify their students if they will be unavailable for an extended period of time. On emergency days, it is understandable that teachers might need to tend to personal matters or might lose access to the internet.
All teachers who do not have classes assigned to them are expected to work remotely on e-Learning days due to inclement weather. On all other e-Learning days, non-classroom teachers can choose to work remotely or in the school buildings, unless told otherwise by their supervisor. These educators should continue with their normal work through their laptops. These educators should also be available to respond to communications in a timely manner. If an educator will not be available to respond to communications for an extended period of time, that educator should inform their immediate supervisor. On emergency days, it is understandable that educators might need to tend to personal matters or might lose access to the internet. In cases where phone calls to families are needed, our caller ID masking service can be used to keep personal phone numbers anonymous.
Campus Security / Student Supervisors
Campus Security and Student Supervisors will generally not report to the building on E-Learning Days. Campus Security and Student Supervisors shall make themselves available should the Superintendent require these employees to report to the buildings to address building/school concerns that need to be addressed immediately.
Paraprofessionals, Instructional Aide Specialists, Job Coaches (Para-educators)
Para-educators will not report to the building on E-Learning Days. All para-educators will be required to report to online classes in which they would be scheduled. Using District devices staff will report and follow the directives of their Department Chairs and classroom teachers.
Executive Administrative Assistants and Administrative Assistants (Assistants)
Executive Administrative Assistants and Administrative Assistants will generally not report to the building on E-Learning Days. All Assistants will be required to work from home, and follow the directions from their supervisors.
Information Technology I, II, & III (IT)
IT staff will generally not report to the building on E-Learning Days. All IT Staff will be required to work from home, and follow the directions from their supervisors.
Nurses, Occupational Therapists, & Physical Therapists (Health Services)
Health Services will not report to the building on E-Learning Days. All Health Services staff will be required to work from home, and follow the directions from their supervisors.
All CMG employees will report to work for regular duty in the event of a school closing (unless specifically instructed otherwise by the Superintendent of Schools). Employees may, at the discretion of the Supervisor of Building and Grounds and/or his/her authorized representative, be required to do emergency work such as mechanical repair, snow plowing, boarding of windows after vandalism or other emergency duties, on days when the Superintendent of Schools has directed all other employees to stay home.