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Westonka Schools to Pilot eLearning Days
October 2, 2019 — In recent years, Minnesota schools have experienced more weather-related school day cancellations than in the past. To help protect student learning on these canceled school days, Westonka Public Schools will be implementing an "eLearning Day" protocol for the 2019-2020 school year.
The protocol will use the following guidelines in the event that school is canceled:
- The first and second school closing days would occur without modifications to the school calendar.
- The third school closing would result in changing the May staff development day (which is scheduled for May 1 in 2020) to a regular school day for students and staff.
- The fourth school closing would enact an eLearning Day.
What are eLearning Days?
eLearning Days are intended to counter the loss of curriculum momentum resulting from school cancellations due to Minnesota’s winter weather. Students will be given assignments to complete outside of school, often using their district-provided mobile devices, with guidance provided by their teachers. If the school district reaches the third school closing, more details and expectations will be shared with families about the possible eLearning Day that would occur on the fourth closing of school.
eLearning Days cannot replace the face-to-face time students have with their teachers, but they can provide better continuity when school is interrupted. eLearning Days also negate the need for makeup school days in June, helping families more effectively plan summer activities.
This is a "pilot" year to test this strategy’s effectiveness in Westonka Schools. If you have any questions about eLearning days, please contact Mark Femrite, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, at email@example.com or (952) 491-8002.