Scheduled eLearning Days: Four eLearning Days are scheduled during the school year. Students will complete eLearning at home while teachers participate in professional development activities. Teachers should have students download any needed materials for eLearning before they leave school the day prior to the eLearning Day to ensure students can complete their work with or without internet access.
Unscheduled eLearning Days: In the event that school needs to be cancelled, an unscheduled eLearning Day will occur. On unscheduled eLearning Days, teachers must have all lessons uploaded to Google Classroom by 10:00 am. Teachers will be available for students who need assistance throughout the day via email, messaging, or phone calls.
eLearning Day Procedures: Teachers will upload an attendance Google Form to Google Classroom each eLearning Day. In order to be marked as in attendance for that day, the student must complete the attendance form. Following each eLearning Day, teachers will mark attendance in PowerSchool, reflecting the information collected on the attendance Google form. Teachers should follow the IDOE Guidelines for the minimum student commitment for each eLearning Day:
Pre-K 30 minutes
Grades 1-2 45 minutes
Grades 3-4 60 minutes
Grades 5-6 90 minutes
Grades 7-12. 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours max in a day)
The instructional design of eLearning content should follow the NIET Instructional Design for Virtual Learning.
Simply put, an e-learning day at whitko means that students get to work from home! Whitko administrators will determine dates that best fit the school schedule and add them into the school calendar to help assist with snow days, cancellations, and teacher professional development. These e-learning days help keep our students on track to fulfill the annual attendence requirment from the comfort of your own home.
- Technology is now part of our ever changing world,every student’s future will include digital exchange using 21st Century Skills: collaboration,communication, critical thinking, and creativity. This is a chance for low stakes practice using those skills.
- Face-to-face courses in college require work to be submitted electronically.
- Employers feel that new hires/applicants do not have adequate computer skills. Most companies require online applications.
- Whitko uses eLearning days to make up weather related cancellations. The winter months are critical learning time before high stakes exams in the spring.
Students should receive no more than five hours of work for the day. This work may be paper/pencil, digital, or a combination of both. This work will be posted on Google classroom by each teacher. If you find your child working longer than this please stop them and inform their teacher so adjustments can be made if needed. Each elementary student should receive work for reading, language arts, and math. Each secondary student should receive work for each course they are enrolled.
All assignments and instructions will be posted by your child’s teacher(s) in Google Classroom. Students with a school device were instructed to create a bookmark when they get onto the internet with Google chrome but it can be accessed by visiting https://classroom.google.com on a personal device. Student iPads have a Google classroom app. There may be some additional paperwork that is sent home with primary students in their folders as well.
Regardless of the reason (forgot device, unclear instructions, dead link, etc.) the student should talk with the teacher the next day they return to school. Parents may call or email the teacher of this class seeking assistance. The teacher will determine remedy or seek further assistance from administration or technology if needed. If any student is frustrated by the difficulty or length of time if any assignment, they should address this with their teacher during this 5 day window.
Yes, attendance for the “make-up day” will be determined by completion of the assignments. Late or missing work will be be counted the same as any other school day. NOTE: This attendance is official and will be recorded in PowerSchool. Per state law, if Whitko Community School eLearning attendance isn’t better than the yearly average, ALL students will be required to attend a full school day at the end of the year to rectify.
Students will receive clear expectations and a means of communicating with their teacher electronically through google classroom, there assignments should be clear and something students have done previously during regular class time. If needed, students can find time to ask for assistance during any of the extended days. Teachers will also share their office hours that they are available to assist during the 5 day window of eLearning. The goal is for blended learning, where eLearning compliments the regular lessons.
Please be assured that we will learn and adapt as needed. Please help us improve by completing any surveys that are sent out concerning eLearning. Whitko will strive to be fair and consistent in our eLearning policies.