• Why have eLearning days?

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    • 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.

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  • What does an eLearning day look like?

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    The model Whitko Community Schools has selected would NOT be on the same day as the event. School would not be in session that day.  Instead, a later date would be set as our "make-up date". Teachers will share their eLearning lessons with their class prior to the eLearning day.  Students would be given 5 days to complete this lesson outside of the typical school day and turn in any work. Each building would provide a space to work after school one day within the 5 day window to make tutoring and internet accessible to all students.

    • No one attends school on the make-up date.
    • All work is completed and turned in during the 5 day window.

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  • How much work should students receive?

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    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.

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  • Where does my student go to get assignments?

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    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. 

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  • What if the student has no wifi access?

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    All assignments are posted on Thursday during school. Students may access and download their work at anytime while at school during the 5 day window.

    Other options for internet access should include: neighbors, friends, family members, smartphones used as “hotspot”, community library, area businesses, or after school internet access in each building as mentioned above.  Many google tools are available to be used without internet access.  If your student needs help setting this up have them talk with their teacher.

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  • What if student is unable to complete the assignment?

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    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.

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  • Is the E-learning Day Mandatory?

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    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.

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  • How do students know what is expected?

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    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.

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