December 14, 2020
Dear Macungie Families:
With winter approaching, we want to share a change in practice regarding inclement weather days. The Pennsylvania Department of Education(PDE) approved the use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in place of a day that was formerly a school closure due to inclement weather or emergency.
FID days will be official school days and attendance will be taken. Students will follow their remote learning schedule. East Penn has been approved to use up to a maximum of five (5) FID for the 2020/2021 school year.
This year, in what might have formerly been an inclement weather or emergency school closure, we may use the option of a remote instructional day instead of using a snow day in the district calendar. The district will issue a notification that an FID day will be used in the typical time frame of notifications in the past.
NOTE: It is possible that a Snow Day may not be deemed as an FID day based upon the severity of the weather situation ie. potential for power outages or loss of internet. Please listen carefully to our Superintendent, Mrs. Campbell’s message on the day of school closure.
NOTE: On a District FID day, all schools and District offices will be closed. Teachers will not be teaching from schools/classrooms.
How will students find the learning activities and assignments for the FID?
Students will complete all learning assignments provided by the teacher at home on the inclement day as they do on a fully remote day. All assignments will be posted on our East Penn learning management systems (Schoology for secondary students and SeeSaw or Google Classroom for elementary students.)
Note: Teachers will be share 3 live teaching and learning sessions just as they did on fully remote days (12/1-12/11).
Specialists will provide live pop up learning opportunities on FID days.
What if a student does not have access to their district device or internet on an FID?
If a household does not have Internet access, please contact the student’s building principal or the Technology Department at 610-966-8380.
Parents and/or students should make teachers aware of a need for a hard copy of the assignment and/or store materials on their device for offline use.
What if a student scheduled a pre-approved absence for the FID day?
The student would be expected to make up the learning activities and assignments within three days of returning to school just as if it were any other absence from school.
Will there still be make-up dates built into the district calendar?
Yes, make-up dates will continue to be built into the East Penn district calendar in the event we exhaust five allowable FID days.