Flexible Instructional Day Information

Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Information for Parents

2020-2021

 

Like last year, the district will utilize Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) when inclement weather or other conditions prevent us from having school.  Below, you will find some information regarding our FID procedures for the school year.  

Please note that all work for FID days will be asynchronous, meaning students will not have any live Google Meets on FID days.  

Below please find FID information for all students as well as specific information for students in K-3rd grades and 4th – 12th grades.

 

General FID Information for All Students

How are FIDs different from snow days?

FIDs permit students to complete learning at home when school would typically be closed due to weather or other hazardous conditions.  Students will not have to make up that day of school when a FID is called, like they would a typical snow day.  

How will parents and students be notified of a FID?

The district will use the all-call system like it typically does and the message will state that a FID has been called and students should complete their FID work.  The district will also post the notice on its website. 

What if a student was scheduled to be absent on a FID or cannot complete the work due to illness?

Just like if a student misses a regular day of school, please send an excuse with the student the next day they are in school.  Or, you may email the school with the excuse.  If a student is unable to complete the FID work on the FID, the state allows students five (5) school days to turn in the work for full credit.  Students should complete the FID work and submit it to their teachers within the five (5) days for full credit. 

What if there is a power outage or the internet is down and my student cannot complete the work? 

Please send a note to the school explaining the reason the student was unable to complete the work on the FID.  The student has five (5) school days to make up the work and submit it for full credit.  

How will you track attendance on FIDs?

The school will use the completed work as evidence of the student attending the FID.  If a student fails to complete the work within the five (5) school days after the FID, the student will be counted as absent. 

What if my student has special needs?

Students will be provided with appropriate work that includes the accommodations, modifications, and related services that the student receives in school.  Students with special needs will meet with their teachers when they return to school to ensure that students have completed their work, understand the material, and have any questions answered.  If a student was scheduled to receive a related service (speech, OT, PT, hearing support, etc.), the student will make up that session during a regular school day.  

What do teachers, school counselors, nurses, and administrators do on a FID?

All professional staff must be available during their normal work day.  Students and parents can communicate with staff through email or through Remind 101 for those teachers who utilize the program.  Teachers will monitor student work through Google Classroom (for students in 6th -12th grade), answer questions as they arise, and be available to assist parents and students.  If a staff member is unavailable for some reason (ex. illness), the district will post an announcement on the district’s webpage.  School counselors,  nurses, and administrators will also be available via email.  

What hours will staff be available?

Elementary teachers (PK-5) will be available from 8:15 am – 3:45 pm. Secondary teachers (6th – 12th) will be available from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. 

 

FID Information for Students in K-3rd Grades

How will students in K-3rd grade receive their FID work?

Each student will have a FID folder that will be updated regularly with work that is aligned to what students are learning in class.  Teachers will update this folder as part of their classroom routine. The folder will include how to contact the teacher on a FID and other directions for students. 

Please note:  synchronous students in K-3 will access Google Classroom for their FID assignments.

Where should students keep the FID folder?

Because the FID folder will be updated regularly, students should plan to bring the folder to school with them and home with them each day.  Since the district is not always able to predict when a FID will be necessary, ensuring that students have their FID folder each day will allow teachers to update the material as needed.  

What if a student forgets their FID folder at school?

The state requires that students have five (5) school days to complete the work.  Students should complete the FID work and submit it within those five (5) school days. 

Will students need any special supplies to complete their work?

Students should only need readily available materials (pencils, crayons, etc.) to complete their work.  If anything special is needed, it will be included in the FID folder.  

What if my student has questions about the FID work? 

Teachers will review the FID work with students when they return to school.  Parents may also contact teachers via email or Remind during the FID.  

How will students complete work for their specials on a FID?

There will be a sheet in each FID folder with information for each of the student’s specials (art, music, wellness, STEAM, and library).  Students will complete the work that is designated for that FID day.  

How will students be informed of the FID procedures?

Classroom teachers will review procedures in class with students. 

 

FID Information for Students in 4th – 12th Grades

How will students in 4th – 12th grade receive their work?

Students in 4th – 12th graders will use their Chromebooks to access Google Classroom.  Students in 4th and 5th grades will be permitted to take their Chromebooks home during the winter months to ensure they have access to them for FID days.  

Teachers will post the assignments to their Google Classrooms for students to complete for the day.  

What if my student forgets his/her Chromebook at school?

We want to encourage students to get into the habit of taking their Chromebooks home with them just as they would a textbook or homework.  If, however, a student does forget his/her Chromebook, they will have five (5) school days to complete the work and turn it in for full credit. Students can however access and complete their work on an internet enabled device such as a PC, Mac, iPad, fire tablet, or smartphone in most cases. 

What if my student has questions about the work during the FID?

Students and parents are encouraged to reach out to the student’s teacher through email or Remind (for those teachers who use the program) to ask questions.  Teachers will be monitoring work that is submitted through Google Classroom and can provide feedback or answer questions. 

What if my student has class with Ms. Magusiak or Ms. Kassi?

Since these students do not have Chromebooks, they will receive a folder with materials to work on for the day.  

What if a student doesn’t complete the FID work?

Just like any assignment, failing to complete the work will result in receiving a zero for that assignment which will impact a student’s grade for the class.  Additionally, the student will be marked absent for all or part of the day based on the work that is not completed.  

How much time will my student be required to work for each class?

Teachers will design an activity that should roughly take the same amount of time as they would spend in class.  However, students working independently will likely take less time than if they were working in a whole class setting.  Teachers will work to ensure that assignments take the appropriate time for each class.  

Can students access assignments on their smartphones?

Students can access Google Classroom and many of their assignments on their smartphones if they choose.  However, students do have access to their school issued Chromebook for any student who does not have a smartphone, data plan or internet connection. 

How will students be informed of the FID procedures?

Classroom teachers will review procedures in class with students.