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e-learning Day FAQ

What are e-learning Days?

On school days when safe travel is not possible due to severe weather concerns or other emergencies, students will complete learning experiences at home.  Student attendance will be based on digital check-in procedures.  Learning experiences will be communicated through Canvas, Ridgewood High School’s Learning Management System.

How are e-learning Days different from current “emergency/snow” days?

On e-learning Days, students are continuing to learn material that is relevant to the current learning experiences.  While this is completed outside the traditional classroom environment, it serves as an extension of previous learning or a bridge to the next day’s learning.

While this coursework is by no means a replacement for the learning that occurs on a day-to-day basis within a school, it provides an opportunity to avoid the main issue of a traditional “emergency/snow” day, which is that it is often made up weeks/months after the event.  As such, the make-up day often occurs after the relevant unit of study is over (as well as after AP exams), limiting the benefits of recovered instructional time.

In addition, e-learning Days provide the District the opportunity to make decisions about the “emergency” earlier, providing families and staff additional time to make plans.

Why are e-learning days being considered at this time?

District 234 is a competency based educational system.  With this system, students’ progress are their own pace, once they can demonstrate competency in a given area. E-learning allows to further our system of instructional delivery, allowing for learning outside the school walls.  In addition, rules surrounding what “counts” for a day of attendance have changed at the state level, providing Illinois districts with flexibility to determine the structure of a school day. An e-learning Day is now considered a day of attendance.

How will student attendance be recorded?*

Students will be required to “check in” to each course via a Google Form prior to 10 am the day of the Remote Learning Day. *

How will students be informed of their assignments?*

Teachers will communicate the required coursework through Canvas, the District 234 Learning Management System, by 9 am on the morning of the Remote Learning Day*

What kinds of assignments will students be asked to complete?

Students may be asked to complete a variety of learning tasks, including (but not limited to):

  • Reading assignment (either digital or paper-based)
  • Video assignment with accompanying assessment
  • Interactive lesson in the Canvas Learning Management System

Teachers will include detailed instructions relating to the assignment, including the following information:

  • Purpose/objective of the assignment
  • Detailed description of the task, including directions/resources required to complete the assignment
  •  Assignment submission (in-person, online, etc.)
  • Due date of assignment

What if a student has technical issues that prevent them from completing the work?

Students/parents should communicate with the student’s teachers to determine the best course of action. It is recommended that parents and students discuss an action plan to prepare for e-learning Days, including access to their iPad and Internet connectivity. In the event of an unforeseen circumstance that prevents the student from accessing their assigned work, parents should call the school to excuse the student. 

My student has special needs - how will they receive accommodations on these days?

For students with more significant needs, teachers will make alternative arrangements in advance. This may include, but is not limited to, teachers distributing paper copies of “e-learning Day” work in advance to families.

*In the event that the severe weather is associated with loss of power/internet access, these expectations will be altered accordingly.  In the event that the severe weather is associated with widespread loss of power/internet access for a large portion of the District attendance areas, an e-learning Day will NOT occur; instead, the day will be a traditional “snow/emergency” day and be made up at the end of the school year.

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