Flexible Learning Days Plan
During the 2018-19 school year, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) experienced seven emergency closings, six due to extreme weather. These lost days represented approximately four percent of the learning year for SSPPS students, a significant interruption and shortening of the learning year. In addition, the school cancellations required the district to make up lost days in order to preserve state funding, as some of grade levels dipped below the mandated required number of contact hours.
To help prevent the same from happening in the future, the district developed a Flexible Learning/E-Learning Days plan to help provide for continuity of learning for all K-12 students on closing days. The components of the plan meet state requirements allowing districts to count up to five weather closing days as school days for funding purposes for grades 6-12.
The new plan was developed over the last school year by a team of teachers, coordinators, and administrators. Board approval of the plan and subsequent communication to families at the start of the school year is a prerequisite for SSPPS to exercise state E-Learning Day provisions.
South St Paul Schools will utilize Flexible Learning Days in the 2019-20 school year to provide continuity of learning in the event of inclement weather and other emergency closing days. On weather closing days, the Flexible Learning Days plan for grades 7-12 fulfills legislative “E-Learning Day” requirements to allow these days to be counted for funding.