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WCS Announces eLearning Make-Up Day

Following a year of successful implementation during the 2016-2017 school year, Warsaw Community Schools has announced the first eLearning snow make-up day of the school year for Saturday, Feb. 17. Students will have until the following Thursday, Feb. 22, to submit assignments from the day.

For more information, read the eLearning FAQ included below:

What is an eLearning Day?

Currently, Indiana state law requires students to attend 180 instructional days. An eLearning day is an approved instructional day by the state of Indiana that can be used as a make-up school day through technology. A calendar including eLearning has been an area evaluated by WCS for several years. To ensure it could be implemented correctly under the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements, significant work was completed in our 1:1 initiatives (ratio of 1 computer for each student), instructional practices with technology and technology infrastructure.

Why utilize eLearning Days?

A calendar including eLearning has been an area evaluated by WCS for several years. To ensure it could be implemented correctly under the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements, significant work was completed in our 1:1 initiatives (ratio of 1 computer for each student), instructional practices with technology and technology infrastructure. We are pleased to announce that WCS has reached the point where implementation is now possible.

What does this look like for a Saturday?

The Saturday will be very flexible. Teachers will practice with students during a traditional day preceding the eLearning days to help students locate classwork, assignments and teacher availability for help during the day. Assignments will be posted by 9:00 am during the eLearning day.

What do the lesson plans look like for the day?

The IDOE requires that lessons are relevant to the current curriculum. Due to a guaranteed and viable curriculum throughout grade levels and content areas, many of these collaborative areas (Professional Learning Communities) will be able to share ideas and lesson plans for the day.

What do I do if a student cannot connect on that day?

It is understood that all students may not be able to attend digitally due to previously scheduled events or obligations. eLearning provides a great amount of flexibility. Students will have additional time to complete the e-learning lessons. eLearning assignments will not be due until the Thursday morning following the actual eLearning day. This will also provide for special services if required or needed for students.

Will we have computer labs open during the day?

Yes. We will have computer labs staffed during these days for students. Please watch for hours and locations to be established and communicated. Announcement will be made available through the WCS and building websites along with the Peachjar district notifications.

What will training look like for the parents?

The eLearning instructional staff along with our Equipping Families initiative team has developed parent help guides and instructions to assist with these days. These guides are available on the school websites prior to the eLearning days.

When will the work be due and how will attendance be taken?

Attendance will be counted with completion of the assignments. Assignments will be due on the Thursday morning following the eLearning day.

Will we have future eLearning days on the actual day of the cancellation?

This could be an option for the future. Currently, we are just in the beginning stages of the eLearning journey. At this time, plans do not include making up the days on the exact day of cancellation.

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