Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy a restful winter break with family and friends! The second half of the school year is now underway. In addition to being the start of the second semester, this is also the time of year that we begin to brace for winter weather and the possibility that school may be delayed or canceled due to hazardous weather conditions.
Speaking of the possibility of cancelations and delays, I thought it would be a good idea to review the information that appeared in last month’s Superintendent’s message regarding eLearning. As you may recall, the EACS Board of School Trustees approved an eLearning plan which will be initiated during second semester. What this means is that in the event school is cancelled during the second semester, all EACS teachers will be on-line from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM the same day of the cancellation to participate in electronic learning.
The only exception to this will be the very first cancellation day we experience. Since Presidents’ Day, February 16th has already been designated as a make-up day on our official school calendar, should we cancel school prior to February 16th, that missed day will be made up as a planned eLearning day on February 16th.
Beginning with the second cancelled day, eLearning will be in effect on the same day as the cancellation. You will receive a message from me on days we cancel informing you that school has been cancelled, and that assignments will be posted electronically by 9:00 AM. Assignments given that day will be due five (5) school days after the return to school. Information and instructions regarding eLearning, along with a video explaining the EACS eLearning plan is available right here on our website below this message.
It is my hope that this winter will not be as brutal as last year’s which resulted in fourteen canceled school days. However, if we do have canceled days, we now have a plan to continue instruction so that our students are ready for the state assessments which begin in March. Our former practice of adding days to the end of the year meant that missed instructional days came after the assessments had already been administered. This plan is designed to capture as many instructional days as possible prior to the assessments.
Thank you for your support as we embark on this new era of learning!
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks