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Schools Avoid Make-Up Days with E-Learning

February 12, 2019 06:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It was another day of canceled classes around the region as schools dealt with more winter weather.

Some of those schools are scrambling to find time to make up some of the days they’ve lost.

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Others have found a way to keep students’ on-track … despite the weather.

"At Grand Meadow schools this is the second year we've implemented the e-learning days for inclement weather," Superintendent Paul Besel told us.

It’s an idea that comes in two parts:

"In the elementary classroom, we have a blizzard bag that we send home"first-grade teacher Brooke Sloan said.

“They have like a bingo card and if they complete a full row of activities for each of the different areas they have completed their school work for the day," Superintendent Paul Besel said.

“And then once they start in fifth grade through twelfth grade it's a little bit more on the online learning, and each of the teachers would have the information listed that they need to do."

"For e-learning we mostly focus on choosing activities that would reinforce concepts they've already learned or to practice skills they have," eighth-through-twelfth grade teacher Sue Wilson told us.

"Each assignment takes about 15 minutes, and I like getting it done right away so then I have the rest of the day" GMHS senior Elizabeth Jacobsen said.

"I think it's important for kids to learn in different settings, in different environments and I think that just stimulates your brain a whole lot more first-grade teacher Brooke Sloan said.

"It teaches you responsibility and just self-discipline" senior Elizabeth Jacobsen added.

"We have five days that we can by statute go into e-learning,” Superintendent Paul Besel said. “And we've used all five of those as of last week."

Tuesday marked the seventh time this school year classes in Grand meadow were canceled for the day because of the weather.

"The e-learning days, however, do count as learning days” Paul Besel explained. “So we would be making up days under the old circumstances."

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