e-Learning Day Information for NACS


January 10, 2022 

Northwest Allen County Schools is revising its weather-related school closing plan for the 2nd semester. NACS will implement e-Learning days in the event of weather-related school closings rather than starting with planned make-up days. The current NACS calendar for 2nd semester shows three potential make-up days due to weather-related closings which include Monday, Feb. 21, Friday, March 11, and Friday, April 15.

At this point, consider the above mentioned three days school holidays. However, we reserve the right to use these original make-up days to prevent extended e-Learning days (more than 2-3 consecutive days). We will keep you informed as potential circumstances develop. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.


NACS School Delay, e-Learning and Closing Information Jan. 10, 2022



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Delivery Method:

All teachers will utilize Canvas as the Learning Management System to deliver instructions and lessons, and to receive student assignments.

Lesson Logistics:

●    On an e-Learning day, teachers will have lessons posted on their Canvas page by 9 a.m. In the event of a 2-hour delay that becomes a cancellation, teachers will have lessons posted by 10 a.m.

●    Office hours: Teachers will be available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can ask questions via Canvas or regular email. Teachers will communicate any special time constraints they have with their students (i.e. I will be “off-Line” between noon and 1:00 p.m. I will return to answer questions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Teachers will be flexible when working through student questions and lesson concerns.

●    Attendance and due dates: eLearning days count as an official school day, so attendance must still be taken.

Student attendance will be based on student participation including tasks and/or their submission of an assignment. Teacher instructions and directions will state what these might include.

●    Due dates:

  • K-5: Student products are due at the start of school on the third day following an eLearning day;
  • 6-8: Student products are due at the start of school on the second day following an e-Learning day. The task presented will be used to determine attendance in each class.
  • 9-12: Student products are due at the start of school following the e-Learning day or up to two days following an e-Learning day. Teacher instructions will be provided.

Troubleshooting

As mentioned above, the first step when experiencing trouble is to contact your teacher (either through Canvas or email). If you believe the problem is technology-based (no internet access or inability to access the Canvas page means your student is unable to contact the teacher as instructed above), please know that technology personnel is working in the office and is available for assistance. In most cases the following steps will solve the problem:

1.   Completely restart your device. Then log in to it and proceed to Canvas. Other troubleshooting tips are posted at www.nacs.k12.in.us/EDGE.

2.   If this does not work, contact the Tech Department directly at 260-338-5320 or access Virtual Technology Support by joining this link: https://meet.google.com/nms-shxt-fye. **Please note that Virtual Technology Support is not available on days when NACS is not utilizing e-Learning Days.
 
3.   If all else fails, please know that teachers will work with your student and assist as needed when school resumes.


NACS e-Learning Day Information for Parents and Students

NACS was approved by the DOE to implement e-Learning days in 2019. Please know that NACS values face-to-face instructional time with students, which includes many emotional benefits as well. As such, makeup days will still be utilized in conjunction with e-Learning days. An e-Learning day is a school cancellation day (weather related or pre-planned professional development) that is made up with online technology at home. In an effort to help families navigate e-Learning implementation and expectations, the following guidelines have been established. NACS realizes that this presents a “learning-curve” for some, so flexibility and common-sense will be taken into consideration at the beginning of each year. As always, should you or your child encounter questions related to instruction or lesson logistics, please contact the classroom teacher first followed by building administration.

e-Learning Guidelines

Implementation Philosophy:

e-Learning days afford NACS the ability to maintain instructional momentum and continuity during inclement weather (used in conjunction with established make-up days).