Distance Learning and E-Learning Days
Online Learning Days (Asynchronous Days) at Arcadia
On occasion, Arcadia holds asynchronous learning days. This is typically due to a transportation conflict (our transportation is provided by the school district, but our calenders do not always perfectly align), or on conference days. On these days, students log in to Google Classroom in the morning through their school account, and complete assignments added by their teachers. They must complete the assignment for each class before 2:42pm to be considered present for attendance purposes. Teachers and paraprofessionals are available throughout the day to support students with their work. Teachers can be reached via email, and paraprofessionals have open Google Meets that students can join. The links to the Meets are sent out ahead of time. Students who need a device or help accessing the internet will be provided with a device and support to get internet set up for the days that are online.
According to Minnesota Statute 120A.414, “E-Learning Day” refers to a school day where a school offers full access to online instruction provided by students’ individual teachers due to inclement weather. Schools have the choice to offer up to five e-learning days in one school year. An e-learning day is counted as a day of instruction and is included in the hours of instruction required under 120A.41.
The Arcadia e-learning plan:
- provides accommodations for students without internet access at home by requiring a due date at least three school days from the first day back at school following the school closure due to weather;
- Provides accommodations for students with IEP accommodations so that all children are able to complete assignments independently;
- Provides a telephone number (via Google Meet) and email access to the teacher between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm every day that school is closed;
- Provides assignments on Google Classroom that continue current classroom learning rather than simply providing busy work.
Parents and students will be notified of the e-learning plan prior to the beginning of the school year on an annual basis. Parents, teachers, and students will be notified by the Arcadia Director at least two hours prior to the normal school start time, that students need to follow the e-learning plan for that day.