Inclement Weather eLearning Days

  • South Adams Schools may use eLearning Days during inclement weather. Virtual learning days will not be used until the built-in make-up days of Martin Luther King Day (January 21, 2019) and Presidents’ Day (February 18, 2019) are used or no longer available to be used. After these built-in make-up days are no longer available, virtual learning days could be announced and will be announced in a similar manner that school closings are announced. Every snow day probably will not be a virtual learning day. The number of virtual learning days used and whether or not we would call 2 or 3 virtual eLearning days in a row will depend on the assessment of prior virtual learning days. District administrators will decide when/if eLearning days will occur.

     

    Basic Steps to follow on an eLearning Day:

    1. Go to the South Adams website - www.southadams.k12.in.us

    2. Click on the Canvas icon from any School tab - https://southadams.instructure.com/login/canvas

    3. Students log in using their Canvas username and password. Click on the Dashboard to view active courses.

    • Elementary students - click on Mrs. Miller's Principal page to receive important announcements, then click on classroom courses for eLearning instruction.

    • Middle and High School students - click on each course subject to receive coursework instructions for the day.

    Please contact your classroom teacher if you have questions or call the Tech Hotline 260/589-1108 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

     

    Click here for Creating a Parent Account

     

    General Questions:

     

    What is a Virtual Inclement Weather Day?

    Students will not report to school due to inclement weather, but will engage in learning activities using digital resources.

     

    Why is South Adams using eLearning to make up for cancelled inclement weather days?

    The primary objective is to maintain the momentum of learning. The primary objective is not to make-up missed days of school. Virtual eLearning Days allow students to minimize the interruptions caused by snow days and continue to make educational progress.

     

    How and when will students and parents know if an eLearning Day will take place?

    Inclement weather cancellations and announcement of an eLearning Day will be relayed through the school’s notification phone & email system, Remind text alerts, district website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and local TV/radio stations.

     

    How will students be informed about assignments during an eLearning Day?

    Parents and students should become familiar with their Canvas login prior to winter months. Please visit the Parent link on the SA website (www.southadams.k12.in.us) to access instructions on how to create a Canvas account, and to log-in.  All teachers will post contact information and homework assignments on Canvas by 9:00 a.m. on a Virtual eLearning Day, and will be available for online communication 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     

    What happens if a Virtual eLearning Day is announced after a two-hour delay?

    Teachers will post assignments on Canvas by 10:00 a.m. and will be available to communicate with students throughout the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

     

    How will students obtain assistance from teachers on eLearning Days?

    Teachers will be available through email, and will post other means of communication on their Canvas page i.e. Canvas chat, Remind texts. If you need immediate assistance or have general questions and/or concerns, you may call the school hotline (260/589-1108). If needed, your message will be relayed to the teacher.

     

    How much time is the student expected to work online during the eLearning Day?

    No minimum or maximum amount of time is expected. Students should complete their work carefully, using the amount of time that is appropriate for them.

     

    When will class assignments be due?

    Three school days after we return to school.

     

    What if students do not complete their eLearning assignments?

    Assignments not completed by the deadline will be recorded as a zero in the gradebook and students with incomplete eLearning assignments will be charged with an unexcused absence for a partial or full day. Unexcused absences will be referred to the principal for disciplinary action according to the student handbook. 

     

    How will eLearning be monitored and counted for attendance?

    Accountability for students will rely on assessment of work. Teachers will assess the student’s work and determine if the student has met the instructional goals for the day. The actual amount of time online is less important than the work produced and/or created by the student to demonstrate learning and mastery of learning targets.

     

    What if a student does not have access to the internet?

    Teachers are aware that not all students have Internet access at home and will provide accommodations when necessary for students without home internet access. Coursework assigned on an eLearning day will not be due until three school days after we return to school. Students without Internet connection have the opportunity to complete work over the following days allowing for students to make arrangements to use the public libraries or after-school open computer labs.

     

    Do students with identified special learning needs have an alternative means to

    access their education on virtual learning days?

    Yes, individual supports, services, and accommodations for students with an Individual Education Program (IEP), Individual Learning Plan (ILP), or a Section 504 Plan are reviewed, discussed, and agreed upon at the student’s case conference committee meeting, a Section 504 meeting, or general education plan meeting.

     

     

    INFORMATION

     

    Local free wifi locations:

    Berne and Geneva Public Libraries

    Alpine Rose Coffee Shop  

    East of Chicago Pizza

    McDonalds

    Pizza Hut

    Subway

     

    General Questions can be directed to:

    Tech Hotline Number: 260/589-1108

    Scott Litwiller, Superintendent, slitwiller@southadams.k12.in.us 260/589-3133, ext. 507

    Myra Moore, Technology Director, mmoore@southadams.k12.in.us 260/589-3131, ext. 417

    Trent Lehman, High School Principal, tlehman@southadams.k12.in.us 260-589-3131, ext. 402

    Jeff Rich, Middle School Principal, jrich@southadams.k12.in.us 260/589-1102, ext. 202

    Shellie Miller, Elementary Principal, smiller@southadams.k12.in.us 260/589-1101, ext. 201

     

    Questions about assignments?

    Please contact your child’s teacher.

    Teacher Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Virtual eLearning Day

     

    Open computer labs on campus will be available the following three school days after a Virtual eLearning Day from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (No transportation will be provided)

     

    Please note the above statements are subject to change. South Adams will continue to evaluate each inclement weather day and strive for excellence in an eLearning Day. We will make necessary adjustments to accomplish this goal.