School from Home?

Adriana Romano and Amanda Beers

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This year, our county passed a program that will enable students to complete their schoolwork at home, in the event of a cancellation. This program, also known as Flexible Instructional Days, allows a public school to complete the 180 day requirement of instructions. According to Pennsylvania Department of Education, if the public school entity chooses to implant FID (Flexible Instructional Days)  the number of flexible instruction days may not exceed five days per school year. Teachers and students are very on board with this idea. Mrs. Smith says “I feel that the Flexible Instructional Days are a positive alternative to make up snow days. We have the one to one capability and why not make the most of it? It is important for parents and students to understand that during those days teachers will be available for any questions or help they may need.” The FID days will allow us to not have to make up the snow days at the end of the year. Schools implementing Google Classroom will be required to post a lesson or schoolwork for the student to complete on their own at home. One issue is with students who do not have internet access at home. Keeping this situation in mind, this program allows students to have ten days to complete all assignments. This would provide enough time for a student to ask for or receive an offline assignment. The assignments given to students will be given to them via Google Classroom. In an instance where a student would not complete their assignments, they will lose all point values and grades for their assignment. Along with a deduction of points, the student will also be marked absent for the school day. The FID program must be further approved by the school board, along with the state. The application of this program will begin this school year, 2019-2020.