Flex and eLearning FAQs
What is the difference between a Flex Day and an eLearning Inclement Weather Day?
- Flex Day: Teachers report to their school building for Professional Development and students are provided with an virtual eLearning format.
- eLearning Inclement Weather Day: Neither teachers nor students will report to school due to inclement weather. The first two inclement weather days in the NPUSC calendar will be a traditional “call off” and no eLearning will take place. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th weather cancellation day would be then utilized for an eLearning inclement weather day. We would not have an eLearning day if there were a State of Emergency established within our community.
- NPUSC is providing eLearning days to allow students the opportunity to engage educationally outside of the traditional school day. This will amplify the success of the district’s ongoing 1:1 digital learning initiative by furthering our commitment in providing the best educational opportunities for all students at NPUSC.
- Each school will practice, correspond, and work with students/parents to carry out each building’s instructional initiatives on a Flex or eLearning Day.
- Students may begin working on their assignments and/or virtual tasks starting at 8:00am and teachers will be available to correspond, support, and discuss any questions until 3:00pm.
- Teachers will be using Google Classroom (K-4) and Schoology (5th-12th) to correspond with students regarding their assignments/tasks throughout the Flex Day.
- K-1st grade students will be task focused and given technology links to work on skills and standards while using Google Classroom.
- Grades 2nd-4th will incorporate technology submitted work that focuses on skills and standards while using Google Classroom.
- 5th grade will use Schoology and app based platforms to meet grade level skills and standards.
- Grades 6th-12th will continue to use Schoology to distribute, discuss, and upload assignments.
- Every student will receive grade level appropriate assignments/tasks from their elective and/or specials teachers they would normally meet with on that scheduled day.
- As a general guideline…
- Elementary students would have approximately 2-3 hours of assignments including specials and support classes.
- Secondary students would have approximately 3-4 hours of assignments including specials and support classes.
- We are aware that not all students have Internet access at home. If for some reason your child cannot access WIFI, there will be a two school day grace period given to make up their work. This would allow students without Internet connection to have the opportunity to complete work and/or make arrangements to utilize free wireless Internet within our community or any of our NPUSC school buildings. There are also many local establishments that offer complimentary WIFI services, including the New Carlisle Public Library.
- The IDOE requires we take student attendance on the Flex and eLearning Days. Students have to correspond to each of their teachers. They will have until midnight of the eLearning/Flex day in order to being counted present for the school day. We highly suggest that they correspond to their teacher(s) during the 8:00am-3:00pm time slot, but it is not required. Completing assignments are not part of attendance. Students only have to correspond with their teacher to receive attendance for the day.
- Teachers are only expected to communicate with their students from 8:00am-3:00pm on the the eLearning/Flex Days.
- Students who do not have WIFI access or need extra time to make up their work will have 2 school days to complete all virtual assignments. Weekend days do not count for the 2 make up days. If students do not turn in their assignments and/or complete their assigned task within the 2 days, then the individual teacher homework policy will go into effect. All correspondence will be completed within Google Classroom (K-4) or Schoology (5th-12th).
- If a student has another electronic device (computer, cell phone, kindle, etc.) at home, they may use that to log into either Google Classroom or Schoology to communicate with their teachers.
- Scheduled Flex Days will not impact after school events/activities, however the activities will begin after 3:00pm on those scheduled days. An inclement eLearning day may or may not be impacted and will be determined on that particular day.
- Buses will run as usual for AK Smith students and they are expected to attend the onsite classes in Michigan City. In the afternoon, students will be able to login into their PM classes through Schoology and correspond with their NPUSC teachers.
- Our school corporation has worked closely with our corresponding special education cooperative as well as our ELL Coordinator. Here are the steps in place to support our special education students. These steps are aligned directly from the IDOE guidance for virtual learning.
- In these instances, assistance will be given to meet needs and IEP and ILP goals.
- Teacher of record will make contact with the students and classroom teachers on virtual learning days.
- Students will be contacted in the morning to inform them concerning accommodations and modifications about the assignments.
- Any service minutes missed due to eLearning/Flex Day will be addressed on an individual basis.
To help accommodate students with any technical challenges or questions, we will have hotline support systems open from 8:00am-3:00pm for each one of our school buildings. These questions and/or challenges should be technical, not instructional. All instructional questions should be directed to your student’s teacher(s). *Please note, technical support will take a lunch break sometime throughout the virtual learning day.
- Olive Elementary -- 574-654-0427 or 219-778-1491
- Prairie View Elementary -- 219-778-1485 or 574-654-0496
- Rolling Prairie Elementary -- 219-778-1436 or 574-654-0497
- NP Middle School -- 574-654-0468 or 219-778-1445
- NP High School -- 574-654-0469 or 219-778-1496