Inclement Weather Plan
Jackson County Plans “Ice Packs” for potential inclement weather days--
What is the plan for 2014-2015?
If school is closed due to inclement weather, we will first recover instructional time using the days that are currently built into the calendar, as well as potential forgiveness days. If school has to be closed beyond the built in or forgiveness days, then the district will utilize “Ice Packs” to offer meaningful learning experiences, aligned to standards, that can take place outside of school and on the student’s own schedule.
What are “ice packs?”
“Ice Packs” are integrated assignments developed by grade level curriculum teams to offer students engaging, rigorous learning opportunities that can be completed from home in the event of inclement weather. Each school will offer the same assignments by grade level, and these will be posted on the system and school website for ease of access. The assignments may incorporate online resources, but will also have an “unplugged” or hard-copy version for any students who may not have internet access at home, or in the case of internet service interruptions. To ensure that all students have access to materials and any needed assistance, students will have 5 days, upon return to school, to complete and submit assignments.
How will students be prepared for at home learning days?
Teachers will explain the plan to students and will preview the assignments with students prior to implementation of the plan. They will ensure that students either have access or a take-home version of assignments, and that they understand the submission plans and deadlines. Additionally, students will be reminded of their responsibility after returning from school closure days.
How was this make-up plan developed?
In reflection of Jackson County’s belief that learning can happen 24/7/365, district leaders, school leaders, and teams of teachers with representatives from each school and grade level collaborated on a plan designed to provide challenging, relevant opportunities for students to learn from home during potential inclement weather. Teachers worked together to ensure that learning activities align to grade level standards while also empowering students to take charge of their learning by utilizing familiar resources and tools to learn from home. To ensure the plan fits Jackson County students, the teacher teams worked to provide a blended format that incorporates digital content or resources, but can also be completed with hard-copy or take-home resources in the event that online resources are unavailable. The plan has been presented to multiple groups of school leaders, curriculum teams, and the technology planning team for feedback during the development.
How is this plan being communicated?
Information will be shared:
- District Website
- School Websites
- Teacher Advisory Meeting
- Principal and API Meetings
- School messenger system
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