When school is closed due to weather conditions, an e-Learning Day is implemented.
Dear Maroa-Forsyth School District Parents & Families,
I am excited to announce that the Maroa-Forysth Schools will launch an innovative approach to dealing with inclement weather and emergency days upon our return to school in January 2020. Recent legislation has created flexibility in the definition of an "instructional day" here at school. In the past, if school had to close for any reason, that "instructional day" was tacked on to the end of the school year. We are now able to use an eLearning Day when school is closed allowing us to count that day as a day of attendance.
eLearning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and anywhere which will be utilized mainly in grades 6-12. eLearning is also possible when teachers prepare instructional lessons in advance for students to do while at home which will be mainly utilized in grades K-5. Teachers will keep business hours during scheduled eLearning days to help with questions and concerns via e-mail. You will be receiving a more detailed explanation of the expectations for eLearning Days from your Building Principal and the Teachers. Please know the kind of learning that will happen during an eLearning Day will be designed with the intent of the student leading the learning with limited adult intervention.
There are a variety of reasons we are wanting to try this approach. First and foremost, we think this will be a great experience for our students to know what it is like to learn remotely while staying connected to fellow students and their teachers. This is becoming the way of the world now in many cases so what great preparation for their future. Also, when we have to extend the school year it often caused problems with testing schedules, graduation ceremonies, and other end of year events. Further, parents often reported a disruption to their post school year activities and schedules. While we are excited to implement the eLearning plan, we also know there will be a lot of things to learn the first time we do this and will adjust accordingly based on feedback. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience! For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Dr. John Ahleyemer
Superintendent of Schools
e-Learning Day Activity Instruction
In the case of school cancellation due to extreme weather or temperatures, we will be required to complete an “E-learning” day at home. This is a FUN way to have school at home with your child without having to make up any days at the end of the school year. Please keep these papers in the pocket of your child’s “Take Home” or “Homework Folder.” Use the list below at home to complete your E-learning day, sign, date, and return to school. Your child’s teacher will be available during any E-learning day for any questions or concerns.