Remote Learning Days
Frequently Asked Questions
During the 2020-2021 School Year, Mars Area School District will be utilizing remote learning, which may be used in place of a school day that has been cancelled because of inclement weather or another emergency situation.
What is a Remote Learning Day?
During the 2020-2021 School Year, Mars Area School District will be utilizing remote learning if school buildings are closed because of inclement weather or another emergency situation.
On a Remote Learning Day, students will access lessons and assignments via the Schoology learning management system, which may be accessed via the District website, www.marsk12.org. Students will be expected to complete lessons for all classes that are typically scheduled for the day, including all special area classes.
If the District calls for a Remote Learning Day, how will I know?
Students and parents/guardians will be informed of a Remote Learning Day through the District’s mass notification system in the same way that school closings and delays are announced. Notifications will be distributed via phone and e-mail and will be posted on the District’s website, www.marsk12.org.
Will every school closure because of inclement weather be considered a Remote Learning Day?
During the 2020-2021 School Year, any day that our school buildings are closed because of inclement weather, will be considered a Remote Learning Day.
Will students be required to login to each class period on a Remote Learning Day?
At the secondary level (7-12), ALL students will be required to log in for Homeroom (7:40 a.m.) to report their initial attendance for the day. Homeroom will be the only live-stream session that will be required. During Homeroom, teachers will remind students how to access lessons and assignments in the "Remote Learning Days" folders in Schoology.
At the elementary level (K-6), ALL students will be required to login to live-stream with their teacher(s) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. At that time, teachers will review how to access lessons and assignments in the "Remote Learning Days" folders in Schoology.
Will instruction during a Remote Learning Day be the same as that during Live-Stream Interactive (LSI) Instruction?
On a Remote Learning Day, the expectations for both teachers and students will be different than those during typical Live-Stream Interactive (LSI) instruction. Instruction will be educational in nature, but may not be as rigorous as that during a typical school day. “Live,” period-by period instruction will not be required.
How will students access lessons and assignments during a Remote Learning Day?
Students will log in to their teacher's individual pages on the Schoology learning management system to access “Remote Learning Day” lessons and assignments. All folders will be labeled “Remote Learning Days" and will be listed at the top of each teacher's Schoology page. All teachers have reviewed with their students where they will find Remote Learning Day instructional materials.
If my child has questions about a lesson or assignment during a Remote Learning Day, will teachers be available to answer questions?
Teachers will be available to answer questions via e-mail and Schoology during the school day on all Remote Learning Days.
If my child is unable to access the Internet on a Remote Learning Day, will he/she be given more time to complete posted assignments?
If a student is unable to access the Internet or paper copies of the learning activities, the student will need to notify his/her teacher(s) of the inability to access the materials. The student will have five (5) school days to complete the assignments. Any student who fails to complete their Remote Learning Day assignment within five (5) school days will receive a zero grade.