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We are fortunate to be able to address a school closing so naturally through an eLearning Day. Because of our 1:1 digital learning platform, Google Classroom and Infinite Campus system and the fact that over 90% of our students have Internet access in their home, the learning does not stop.
If school is cancelled, students will have an eLearning Day. During eLearning Days teachers will use technology and other means to deliver instructional content to students when “normal” school days are not possible.
The benefits of eLearning days are as follows:
Extend student learning - more opportunities to learn
Moving forward with curriculum
Work from home - safe, no commute, warm
More beneficial than make-up days in June
Prepares students for future online learning
Our Wagner Preschool, Lake Ripley, and Middle School 5th Grade teachers have developed “Blizzard Bags” for student use during eLearning Days. These bags will contain activities that are relevant and rigorous. The bags will be distributed during fall conferences.
Electronic versions of the "Blizzard Bags" are available on our website, Parent Communication, K-4 Blizzard Bags. https://www.litchfield.k12.mn.us/page/3551
In preparation for eLearning Days, teachers have been asked to:
Anticipate time requirements recognizing students learn at different paces, especially in an independent context.
Be present on Campus, Google Classroom and email during the eLearning Day.
Plan for self-directed, independent learning with specific consideration to age and individual learning needs.
Customize learning opportunities especially in troubleshooting student challenges.
Communicate with colleagues to ensure common expectations, communications, and protocols.
We know there are unique challenges for our students with special needs to perform academic tasks independently and we are continually working to improve the process. Still, our online, digital platforms and Blizzard Bags offer opportunities to continue the learning in the event of an emergency school closing when in the past, our only option has been to make up the day much later or not at all.
We are looking forward to another successful school year!