eLearning Day Information
We are excited to share that with the addition of Chromebooks in each building, eLearning Days will now be possible in DCSC! Danville will hold two scheduled eLearning days during the 2019-2020 school year. On November 7th and March 5th, all K-12 students will have an eLearning Day and will not physically come to the buildings. In the instance of inclement weather before Nov. 7, 2019, an eLearning Day WILL NOT be used in place of a school day. These scheduled eLearning Days are built-in for practice (November) and a refresh (March) in case we don't need any snow days.Students will use Schoology to complete online work on eLearning Days. A direct link to Schoology can be found by clicking here.
Date of Practice Weekend 2019-2020
Before the first planned fall eLearning Day, K-12 students and their parents will be given the opportunity to practice accessing and following the directions by completing a short assignment for class. We realize the level of support is different for our elementary students compared to our secondary students. While our North and South teachers will be providing all students with many opportunities to practice, the work they complete during an eLearning Day will need to be monitored more closely by parents. Students at the secondary level may need less support logging in, finding assignments, etc, but may have issues that arise with wifi or could experience other laptop issues. This practice night will enable teachers to troubleshoot and ease the comfort levels of parents experiencing eLearning Days for the first time. Parents may email questions/concerns to teachers who will respond during the next week.
During the 2019-2020 school year, this will take place the weekend of: October 25th-27th.
Use of eLearning Days
Two eLearning days will be scheduled and teachers will receive professional development during a portion of that day. The first missed day due to inclement weather (snow day) will be made up on the built-in snow make-up day (President’s Day, February 17th). If a snow day does not occur before this date, school will not be in session on February 17th. eLearning days may be utilized for any additional snow days or if the first missed day is after February 17th, but we will try to not have more than two eLearning Days in a row. If we are out of school for more than two consecutive days, we will make up the remaining days at the end of the school year.
- What is an eLearning Day?
- Over the past eight years, the Indiana Department of Education eLearning Day Program has provided school districts with an option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar setting. This innovative program has evolved into an engaging instructional model used in many Indiana schools to keep the sequence of learning going in spite of the weather and other challenges. More importantly, it has provided teachers and students the opportunity to engage with digital resources, to collaborate virtually, and to develop digital skills that are used and valued beyond K-12.
- There are a variety of reasons a school/corporation would use an eLearning Day beyond the development of blended learning skills. Many districts have utilized the program to keep the learning going during a day of snow or other inclement weather, professional development, parent conferences, widespread illness, and flooding.
- Are there other school districts currently utilizing eLearning Days?
- Many other Indiana school districts utilize eLearning Days. A list of current schools approved by the Indiana Department of Education in 2018-2019 can be found here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/elearning/2018-19-elearning-day-participants-041719.pdf
- Effective spring 2019, Indiana schools/districts are not required to request approval from the IDOE to implement eLearning days. Assurances to maintain instructional fidelity remain the responsibility of the individual school/district.
- How will parents be notified if an eLearning day will be used in the case of emergency school cancellation?
- A message will be sent through email, phone and text (dependent on parent preference in Infinite Campus) in the same way snow days have always been communicated. Your child’s teacher will have all materials uploaded and ready to go by 9:00 a.m. and available by email from 9:00 a.m. until the end of the regular school day if you have questions. On the planned eLearning Days, teachers will communicate office hours when they will be available between professional development sessions.
- How will my child access their materials on an eLearning Day?
- For students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, we will be utilizing Schoology to post student assignments, facilitate discussions, and submit work. All students are given a district-issued Schoology account to access materials and assignments. Students in grades K-2 that will not bring home a school-issued Chromebook may be given paper assignments to complete.
- How will attendance be taken?
- Attendance will be based on assignment completion. When assignments have been submitted, students will be considered present. If students have not completed assignments five school days from the day of the eLearning Day, they will be marked as absent.
- What if my child does not have internet access during an eLearning Day?
- We understand that not all students have access to a device and/or the internet during the day due to individual situations, such as loss of internet due to inclement weather, child day care, multiple students at home with a single computer, parent availability during the work day, no internet provider at home, etc. Because of this, students will have five school days to complete any assigned eLearning Day tasks and assignments and turn in the work.
- A list of locations in and around Danville with free wifi can be found below. On a planned eLearning Day or an unplanned day in which travel is safe (power outage just in one part of town, for example), these sites may be utilized to complete schoolwork.
- How does my child or I get in touch with my child’s teacher on an eLearning Day?
- Staff will be available from 9:00 a.m. through the end of the regular school day by email. Staff may share additional ways students can communicate with them on these days (REMIND, ClassDojo, online chat in Schoology, etc.). For planned eLearning Days, staff will be in meetings and unable to answer questions throughout the entire day. The office hours each teacher will be available will be communicated to students/parents.
- Who do I contact if I need help during the eLearning Day?
- Your child’s teacher is the first line of contact with any questions or concerns. If they are unable to answer your question, they will contact tech support to assist.
- What kinds of activities will my child be doing on an eLearning Day?
- Activities will vary based on grade, content area and knowledge involved in the lesson. Activities may include reading, writing, discussion forums with classmates, collaborating with small groups or partners, viewing video instruction, or completing another classroom task.
- Can a student work, go on a college visit, or shadow an employer during this day?
- Each student can organize his/her day in a manner that suits them. They will be required to complete all work in the five-day deadline but there is no specific time requirement otherwise.
- What will high school students that go to Area 31 in Ben Davis?
- Students that attend Area 31 classes will still attend as normal on scheduled eLearning Days. DCSC buses will run as normal and will pick up and drop off from DCHS. They will also be responsible for completing work for any Danville classes they have scheduled that day.
- Students that attend Area 31 classes will follow Ben Davis procedures for snow days. They will also be responsible for completing work for any Danville classes they have scheduled that day. (From the DCHS handbook: When Danville experiences a weather-related delay of 1 or 2 hours, morning Area 31 students are not expected to be in attendance; afternoon students will take their normal bus and attend classes as usual. When Danville schools have weather-related closings, Area 31 students will not be expected to attend classes. When Danville has non-weather-related closings (such as in-service days, or unused “snow makeup days”), Area 31 students must plan to attend their Area 31 classes as normal. For the Area 31 calendar, go to www.wayne.k12.in.us/Area31.)
- How will eLearning Days impact after-school activities?
- On an unplanned eLearning day due to weather, after school activities will be treated the same as if the school was closed. Activities will be determined depending on the weather and road conditions. If school is canceled for inclement weather, students will receive information from the athletic department or their child’s coach or club sponsor about evening events. On scheduled eLearning days, after-school activities will be the same as if school was in session. Meetings, practices, games, etc. can still take place as normal on these dates.
- Will PACE and/or preschool be open on eLearning Days?
- PACE and Little Warrior Learning Center preschool will be open for their current families on the planned eLearning days as well as eLearning days utilized for inclement weather unless the county restricts travel to emergency vehicles only. Students should plan to bring their laptops with them and PACE staff can help them with their lessons while they are at school. Students at North Elementary will be able to borrow a device to complete their work.
Are you having trouble? Here are a few tips to try out:
- Check to see you are logged in under the correct student account. Parent accounts look very similar to student accounts with the exception of being able to submit assignments, take assessments, etc. To access all materials, please ensure students log in themselves.
- Don't see any assignments for a class? Check the course title to see if it is a course required for an eLearning Day. In some cases, elementary teachers will post everything on their homeroom page and will not have separate assignments for each course. Students at the secondary level may be enrolled in Extracurricular activities and have a course listed even though there may not be work to complete for eLearning Days.
Questions should be directed to your child's teacher. If you are having trouble with every class, emailing just the homeroom or first-period teacher is sufficient. Emailing all teachers separately may mean multiple teachers are working on fixing your account at the same time.