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Winter Weather

Posted Date: 1/08/24 (2:53 PM)

SACS Families, 


While we have been spared from winter weather so far, it seems a storm might be heading our way tonight and lingering into tomorrow. With students returning to school, it's important to revisit SACS plans in case of a delay or closure.

In the event of inclement weather, SACS may issue a delay or different types of student learning from home school days, also known Remote Learning Days or eLearning Days.  Should we have to close school due to weather, we will like issue a Remote Learning Day. 

Please review the defined days below.

 

 2-Hour Delay  

A 2-Hour Delay is most often issued when inclement weather occurs overnight and more time is needed to clear roads, sidewalks, and parking areas of snow/ice, or for the fog to lift. 

Examples: If your student’s school starts at 9:15 a.m. and a 2-Hour Delay is issued, the bell time will be pushed to 11:15 a.m.

If your student utilizes SACS Transportation and their regular bus pick up time is 8:45 a.m., your student will be picked up at 10:45 a.m. when a delay is issued. 

Students will be dismissed at normal time.


 Remote Learning Day  (synchronous)

A SACS Remote Learning Day is an UNPLANNED student learning day at home but requires students to login from home during a specified time to receive direct instruction from teachers (SYNCHRONOUS Learning) via ZOOM when school is canceled.

A Remote Learning Day requires at least 2.5 hours of synchronous learning for elementary students and 3 hours of a secondary student's day to be comprised of direct instruction from teachers via ZOOM. Individual schools have personalized schedules and guides developed. Students will be aware of their class/teacher expectations should SACS have to issue a Remote Learning Day. A link to the general expectations can be found here for individual grade level expectations.

Remote Learning Days were designed to meet the new state statute limiting schools to three eLearning Days and to avoid adding additional days at the end of the school year. 

 

 eLearning Day  (asynchronous)

A SACS eLearning Day is an UNPLANNED student learning day at home. eLearning Days are often issued due to a weather cancelation, school emergency, or an event preventing students attending school in person. Students learn from home, at their own pace, ASYNCHRONOUSLY, utilizing CANVAS for both their assignments and to communicate with their teacher(s) throughout the day. 

State statute now limits all Indiana K-12 schools to three (3) asynchronous eLearning days due to weather emergencies to be counted toward the 180 required school days.

 

As a reminder, should we have to close school due to weather, we will likely issue a Remote Learning Day and save the three asynchronous eLearning Days for unforeseen situations or long-term cancellations. 


All delay and learning from home days will be labeled and communicated via ParentSquare using text notifications, email, website alerts, social media posts, and TV and radio announcements.


Thank you!