Digital Learning Days
We are very excited to announce that Heyworth School District is approved to use eLearning days , which is an innovative approach to dealing with inclement weather and emergency days. In the past, if a snow day were called, that “instructional day” was tacked on to the end of the school year. This extended the school year and often caused problems with scheduling conflicts such as AP testing, graduation ceremonies, and other end of year events. We believe that a “digital learning day” integrated during the year could be more effective than an additional day at the end of the year. This will also allow us to definitively schedule the last day of school.
How will a Digital Learning Day work??
On these days, teachers will post assignments, lessons, and enrichment activities to parents and students by 9 am on the district website at www.husd4.org. Teachers will be available via e-mail to answer questions as they arise.
What will the assignments look like?
All teachers will develop experiences that are grade level appropriate and ideally a continuation of what has been happening in the classroom. Many of our students are already engaged in digital platforms for classes utilizing Google classroom. In these cases, teachers will simply assign experiences as though the students were in attendance.
Will students that cannot complete the work be penalized?
We will not penalize students who do not have technology access to complete assigned work. Families should contact their child’s teacher or principal immediately if technology access will be an issue. All students will be responsible for the 5 hours of school work they have been assigned on a digital day. Teachers will follow up with students who do not submit their work to find out how we can help. We will work with families to provide alternative assignments that do not require technology and time to make up work before and after school if needed.
Will this be our policy moving forward?
Our eLearning program has been approved for 3 years. However, we realize that this is a new, and we will be determining what works best for us. We reserve the right to discontinue this practice if necessary. That being said, we are excited about this opportunity to expose students to blended learning and more choices in the school work to be completed.