e-Learning Days

We have been asked about using e-Learning days in lieu of snow days. For reference we have linked the current law that covers e-Learning for Illinois schools: Law on e-Learning Days.

In short, the requirements are specifically five hours of a combination of instruction and schoolwork, with a strong recommendation that districts strive to provide all of their students with at least 2.5 hours of synchronous learning with real-time instruction and interaction.

We do have an e-Learning plan approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Meeting the requirements of the law at the elementary school level is challenging. We have to plan in advance to send home Chromebooks and learning packets so that we can fully address the requirements of the state law. 

When we are unable to plan in advance for those unexpected inclement weather days it makes it impractical to use an e-Learning day. We might use an e-Learning day if we can plan in advance, allowing us time to send home assignments and Chromebooks.