October 31 eLearning Day

East Noble School Corporation was one of 12 districts in Indiana to be approved for eLearning days and we have scheduled October 31 as one of those days.  With our extensive and personalized technology use across the district, providing students with an opportunity to learn from home is something we believe is a valuable experience.  In addition, with this approval also comes approval to use eLearning in place of cancelling school due to weather.  While we will not use eLearning for all cancellation days, we may use eLearning for the times when we are aware of a large storm arriving and staff have an opportunity to prepare students for a potential eLearning day.  Before we do that; however, we want to use October 31 as a “trial run” to determine what we need to change or better plan in the event of using an eLearning day in place of a school cancellation.  

On October 31, your child or children will remain at home for their eLearning Day.  Teachers will be attending full day professional development at the high school during that time and will have contact with their students throughout the day.  Students will receive their assignments previous to Friday morning.  Students will receive more information from their teacher as we approach the day.  Our teachers have been planning and developing activities for the students using our experiences from last year’s eLearning day.  In our efforts to provide students with quality activities and academic engagement last year, we learned the amount of work provided was far more than what might be completed on a “normal” school day.  This is being considered as teachers plan for October 31.   As like any true eLearning student, not all schooling takes place in a traditional 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. time window.  Students will have the flexibility to participate in their learning at a time that fits their needs.  Completed work will be due on Monday, November 3.

Parents have asked how students will access information if they do not have Internet access. All teachers have been instructed to give students time during the day on October 30 to ensure students are able to download the materials they will need for the eLearning day.

As a part of our Indiana Department of Education approved eLearning day to be held on October 31, we must provide a lunch option to students.  The ENSC Food Service Department will be serving lunch to students who are interested.  Lunch will be served at North Side Elementary between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.  No transportation will be provided.  A reservation form must be completed and returned to your child’s home school.  The form can be found on the ENSC District webpage and on all of the building webpages.  A copy is also being send home with the elementary students.  

We believe this nontraditional school day will be a valuable opportunity for our students and our teachers.  From this experience, we will be better prepared to use an eLearning day in place of cancelling school if we have a rough winter similar to last year.  Leading up to October 31, teachers will be holding conversations with students and providing additional information so they are successful on this day. 

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 

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