Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs) may be used in place of a school day that has been cancelled because of inclement weather or another emergency situation. The PA Department of Education authorized the School District of Lancaster to use up to five FIDs per academic year.
What happens on a Flexible Instructional Day?
On a FID, students will work at home to complete learning activities and assignments that their teachers provide. Secondary lessons will be posted online by 9 a.m. on the day of a FID. Elementary lessons will be posted by 10 a.m. Synchronous online instruction will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. When not teaching live, teachers will be available to students during those hours.
On Flexible Instructional Days, schools will run a modified schedule, set by the building principal.
What are the responsibilities of the student on a Flexible Instructional Day?
Students are expected to attend daily, participate in classwork, and submit assignments. Assignments on FIDs must be turned in electronically for students with internet access. For students who do not have connectivity, their assignments will be due immediately upon return to school. Submission of assignments will serve as proof that students engaged in work on the flexible instruction day, which again, is like any other school day.
How will attendance be tracked?
Attendance will be taken on a daily basis by classroom teachers via visual confirmation of attendance online. Students are expected to attend their FID schedule.
We understand there may be extenuating circumstances (such as childcare issues, connectivity issues, etc.) that may prevent a child from being able to attend the live session. Extenuating circumstances must be addressed and approved by the building principal, with students making up the work through approved timelines.
If SDoL calls for a Flexible Instruction Day (FID), how will I know?
Students and Parents/Guardians will be informed of a FID through the District’s mass notification system in the same way that school closings and delays are announced. Notifications will be distributed via e-mail, the district app, social media and the district’s website.
Please note, some local news outlets may not be able to accommodate the announcement of a Flexible Instructional Day, because it is an uncommon message. Please rely on SDoL communications for the most accurate information.
Will every school day that is cancelled because of inclement weather be considered a Flexible Instruction Day?
Not necessarily. The superintendent will determine if the day will be a flexible instructional day or use another available option, like a snow day.
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The school closings or delays will be announced on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and on the following radio and television stations:
WLAN FM 97
WGAL TV 8
WPMT FOX 43