West Aurora School District Explains Difference Between Emergency And E-Learning Days

West Aurora School District Explains Difference Between Emergency And E-Learning Days

In light of the possibility of school closings due to extreme weather or the pandemic, school districts across Kane County are adopting new strategies and practices.

School District 129 Board of Education approved the use of e-learning days last year.

“This means that in the event of inclement weather or another crisis, we would have the option to use either an emergency day or an e-learning day,” the website says.

“The purpose of this communication is to explain the difference between the two types of days and the scenarios in which they would be applied.”

Emergency Days

In the event that the School District has to close buildings for one day, the district plans on using an emergency day. This means that students and staff members would have no school-related responsibilities that day and it would need to be made up later in the year.

The first emergency day would be made up on Monday, April 18, which is currently designated as a flex non-attendance/emergency day on District 129’s academic calendar.

Any additional emergency days would be added to the end of the academic year, starting with May 27.

E-Learning Days

In the event that School District 129 would have to close buildings for more than one day, the district plans on using e-learning days.

In this scenario, students would engage in virtual learning while staff members would have responsibilities related to their roles. These days would not need to be made up.

    • On the morning of an e-learning day, elementary students should reference Seesaw to find Zoom links and codes. Elementary students would then follow the current building schedule via Zoom. If you (or your child) have never used Zoom previously, please reach out to your teacher as soon as possible for directions.
    • On the morning of an e-learning day, secondary students should reference each of their course pages in Schoology to find Zoom links and codes. Secondary students would then follow the “Monday Late Start” bell schedule via Zoom.

Additionally, due to the unpredictability of winter weather, district officials ask that all students and staff members do their best to bring home devices and chargers each night during the winter season.

SOURCE: School District 129 website