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Blended Learning

School Closings and Blended Learning

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As winter approaches, we must think about inclement weather and the potential for school closings. We all have childhood memories of snow days, building forts, sledding, and drinking hot cocoa after shoveling. There is value in these experiences, but snow days can add up quickly and learning opportunities can be lost. For this reason, Eagle View Elementary, along with all schools in the district, will use Blended Learning in the event of school closings. Here are some important points about our Blended Learning Days:

 
  1. The first school day cancelled will remain a “traditional” snow day. Assignments will not be given.

  2. The second and following school days cancelled will include “Blended Learning” where students complete lessons at home.

  3. Lessons may have a “blend” of online or traditional paper/pencil activities. Online activities may be available as a choice or option, but not as a requirement.

  4. Blended Learning provides continuous and meaningful learning opportunities. Students will not have to make up any snow days in the spring.

  5. Teachers will include Blended Learning activity sheets in students’ folders, passports, or planners. Links to the activity sheets will also be available on your teacher’s website.

  6. Teachers can be reached via their school email between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Our mission at New Prague Area Schools is, “To engage and support everyone in high levels of learning.” Our vision is, “To be a premier school district that models excellence and embraces the challenges of the 21st Century.” If we hold true to these statements, we must create innovative solutions to promote student learning. We are excited for the opportunities Blended Learning Days will provide for our students.

 

Sincerely,

 

William Remmert, Principal

Eagle View Elementary School

 

 

Tips & FAQs: Blended Learning due to Inclement Weather (Snow Days)

 

Goal / Purpose / Why?

Continue meaningful learning to support our mission & vision on inclement weather days.

Mission: To engage and support everyone in high levels of learning.

Vision: To be a premier school district that models excellence and embraces the challenges of the 21st Century.

 

When are Blended Learning Days implemented?

  • The first school day cancelled will remain a “traditional” snow day. Assignments will not be given and teachers do not report work hours.

  • The second and following school days cancelled will include “Blended Learning” where students complete lessons at home. Lessons may have a “blend” of online or traditional paper/pencil activities. All Certified Staff will submit the online Blended Learning Day form to their building principals.

 

Blended Learning Days Expectations

  • As a paid contract day, Certified Staff are expected to fulfill an 8-hour workday.

    • On the morning of a school cancellation, you will receive an email with a link to the Blended Learning Day form. Submit the completed form by 10:00 a.m.

    • Certified Staff must periodically check and reply to emails between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • We will engage students in meaningful learning activities.

    • Avoid busywork or “additional” work.

    • Learning should be a continuation of previous lessons or standards, not introducing new concepts.

  • We will ALL continue engaging in high levels of learning.

    • Students - curriculum standards

    • Staff - professional development

  • Clearly communicate expectations to students and families.

    • Understand that not all families have internet access.

    • Provide a reasonable amount of completion time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Is technology required for Blended Learning Days?
    A: No, technology may be part of the lesson or activity, but it is not required. Consider your students, their access to technology, and age-appropriate learning activities. Remember, many students will be completing lessons or activities without parental guidance.

  • Q: I do not have a “classroom” of students. How do Blended Learning Days apply to me?
    A: It is important to remember, this is a paid contract day. The Blended Learning form includes space to report (1) any job related tasks you will be completing, and (2) how you will use part of your day as an opportunity for professional development.

  • Q: What are some examples of professional development opportunities?
    A: Share the title of an educational book you may be reading, the link to a blog post, an online video, or a topic you are researching to help you grow professionally.

Q: Do I have to sit at my computer and answer emails between 10am - 3pm?
A: No, the expectation is to periodically (hourly) check and reply to email messages received by students, parents, and colleagues.