October 23, 2020

 

Dear EPS Families,

Winter weather is fast approaching and with it, the potential need to close schools due to inclement weather. I want to take this opportunity to share some important information with you regarding school closures and the expectations for learning on those days when it is not safe to travel to school buildings.

With the completion of our 1-1 initiative, every student in the district now has a device, making disruptions to learning caused by school building closures a thing of the past. These days can now be educationally productive and engaging.

When school buildings are closed due to inclement weather, students should treat the day as a remote learning day. Students should plan to do the following:

  • Log in to Canvas and make progress on their work to be counted present.
  • Connect with teachers via email or Canvas to ask questions or get feedback on assignments if needed.
  • Follow an Individualized Education Plan if provided by teachers.
  • Make some time to play in any snow that has fallen!

Attendance will be taken on these remote learning days and teachers will be available for questions/feedback between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 pm, their normal work hours for the day via email or Canvas. Students whose family chooses to not participate in the e-learning day are reported as absent. Students who are counted absent will be responsible for completing the required work on their own time as they would in any other situation in which they may have been absent from school. Please take a few minutes to explain the expectations to your children.

Why do we need remote learning days? These days provide for continuity of learning and classroom instruction, which is vitally important during an unprecedented school year when students have already lost so much.  Remote learning days also negate the need to add additional days to the end of the school year.

If your family is relying on the free meals being provided by the district, please note that on remote learning days, drive-through meal service will continue at a centralized location. If the weather allows you to safely get out of your home, you may pick up meals at Ida Freeman Elementary, 501 W. Hurd. Meals will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Child nutrition staff are happy to stay longer if there is a need.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Until my next communication, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

Sincerely,