Starting with the 2019-2020 school year Glenville-Emmons School adopted an alternative learning day in the event of a school closure. Students will continue their daily academic schedule as usual from outside of the school setting if an e-Learning day is implemented. Families will be notified via Infinite Campus emergency messenger, the district website, as well as other designated broadcasting entities that the closure of school will be an “e-Learning Day.”
Note: The fourth (4th) cancelled school day of the academic year will be the first e-Learning day.
Purpose: The rationale for e-Learning days are to sustain the educational process for the students of Glenville-Emmons. Additionally, doing so will allow for the district and faculty to maintain curriculum goals and skills. E-Learning can be used up to five times (days) during the year and will be counted as instructional days. Lastly, adopting the plan will either eliminate or decrease the need for make-up days at the end of the school year.
Plan: It will be the teacher’s responsibility to follow the Minnesota Department of Education’s program plan for e-Learning days and the plan established by the Glenville-Emmons School.
As stated by MDE Statute 120A.414 the plan must include:
- Accommodations for students without sufficient access to the Internet, hardware, or software in their homes.
- Accessible digital instruction for students with disabilities under chapter 125A and meet the needs of each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)/504 plans.
- Notification to parents and students of the plan at the beginning of the school year and, upon implementation, at least two hours’ notice prior to the normal school start time that students are to follow the e-Learning day plan.
- Access to teachers via email and online Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Schoololgy, Google Classroom, SeeSaw etc. during normal school hours.
Glenville-Emmons School Faculty:
In the event of an e-Learning day, GE faculty will:
-Have an e-Learning assignment posted on the designated class/grade LMS platform (Schoology, google classroom, SeeSaw etc.) no later than two hours after the normal start time. (10:00)
-Have a plan to take attendance for each class. Some ways attendance could be verified include:
a. Logging in to class page(s) on the district’s/school’s learning management system (LMS).
b. Email exchange/ text exchange /phone call with teacher.
c. Parent verifies attendance; a documentation process is developed and retained by the school as part of the student’s attendance record.
d. Activity in classes (pages accessed, discussion participation, formative assessments completed).
e. Work submitted during the e-Learning day.
-Be available for communication online through the designated LMS platform and by email between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
-Allow students up to two days to make-up work administered on an e-Learning day.
Examples of high-quality e-Learning include:
a. Integrate as seamlessly as possible into the regular instruction that has been occurring. Avoid generic, out-of-context tasks. Tasks should be meaningful and important to students.
b. Leverage digital tools students are using as part of their regular instruction (i.e. Schoology or other LMS, Google Docs, apps).
c. Include formative assessment and feedback.
d. Provide opportunities for peer interaction.
e. Include active instruction by teachers, monitoring progress and providing feedback, facilitating, coaching, clarifying and adjusting the task, and suggesting next steps.
f. Include the option for the class to meet synchronously via video chat through Zoom.