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Board approves e-Learning/flexible learning days plan in case of emergency school closing

Remote learning student with laptop Monday, Aug. 27, 2019 — 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 an E-Learning/Flexible Learning Days Plan to help provide for continuity of learning for all K-12 students on emergency 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 SSP School Board approved the plan on August 26, 2019.

“We heard from many district teachers last year that a day of lost learning requires makeup not only of the missed content, but also requires considerable time to re-engage with students. It is about of lost learning time and momentum,” Brashear said. “A flexible learning days plan will help us keep the continuity of learning flowing between our teachers and students, even when the weather forces us to cancel school.”

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. 

To review the approved E-Learning Days/Flexible Learning Days Plan, visit the district website at sspps.org/flexlearningplan

To learn more about the district's Emergency Closing Procedures, visit the district website at sspps.org/emergencyclosing