For the 2023-24 school year, e-learning will only be used on inclement weather days for schools (and some grade levels at certain schools) at risk of falling below state-required instructional hours if school is canceled due to weather.
Schools that won’t be short on instructional hours if they close (all elementary schools and some high schools) will be closed on inclement weather days and will not be moving to e-learning. If we have many snow days and fall below the state requirements for instructional hours, it is possible that even these schools may need to move to e-learning.
Other schools (all middle schools including those at K-8’s and some high schools) will have e-learning days so that they can meet state requirements for instructional hours.
The State of Minnesota has approved up to five “e-learning days” for school districts annually.
Schools listed below will move to e-learning during a severe weather day:
Technology is a key component of e-learning, so please take steps to ensure your student has both a device and internet connection.
Devices should be brought to and from school every day, ensuring that students have their devices at home with them each evening should e-learning be needed. Every student who needs one should have been assigned a device that allows them to connect to an online learning platform, such as Seesaw or Google Classroom. Please see your school if you have questions about this.
Internet service at your home should be available for your student. If your home is not currently connected to the internet, consider:
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a low-cost program to help households pay for internet service and get a discount on a device.
Contacting your school about alternative internet options such as a hotspot. MPS has limited hotspot availability, so other options should be explored first.
E-learning will include time when teachers are online and available to students as well as time when students are learning on their own using assigned materials. Teachers and schools will communicate to students and families their school start- and end-times, when staff will be available to students, and information about additional e-learning activities or enrichment. Student lessons will be posted on online platforms by the start of each e-learning day and e-learning schedules will be displayed on school websites.