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Remote Learning Days

During the 2021-2022 School Year, our District will be utilizing remote learning, which may be used in place of a school day when inclement weather or another emergency situation requires the District to close its school buildings.

All Remote Learning Days will run on a Two-Hour Delay with Modified Kindergarten schedule to better enable both teachers and students to prepare for the school day. 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.

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 were announced in previous school years. The information will be communicated via phone and e-mail and will be posted on the District’s website (https://www.marsk12.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=795498&type=d&pREC_ID=1186691).

Frequently Asked Questions
 
The following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Remote Learning Days:

Will every school closure because of inclement weather be considered a Remote Learning Day?


The District expects to call for a Remote Learning Day on any day that our schools are closed because of inclement weather.

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.

What is a Remote Learning Day?


On a Remote Learning Day, students will be able to connect remotely to their classes during the school day. Note: During the 2021-2022 School Year, all schools will run on a Two-Hour Delay Schedule on a Remote Learning Day to better enable both teachers and students to prepare for the school day. 

What will be expected of students on a Remote Learning Day?


On a Remote Learning Day, students will need to connect remotely to their classes during the school day. Students will be expected to log on to each class to participate in live instruction throughout the school day. Assignments and other instructional materials will be available via the Schoology learning management system, which may be accessed via the District website, www.marsk12.org.                               


ELEMENTARY — At the elementary level, student will login with their homeroom teacher to verify their schedule for the day, which may vary. (Note: The Two-Hour Delay Start Time for AM Kindergarten as well as for Grades 1-6 is 11 a.m. The delayed start time for PM Kindergarten is 1:45 p.m.)


SECONDARY — At the secondary level, students will need to log in to each class according to the individual school’s Two-Hour Delay Bell Schedule:

Two-Hour Delay Bell Schedule

*As part of Mars Area Middle School's Two-Hour Delay
Schedule, Period 5 is held after Periods 6 and 7.

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 severe weather conditions result in power outages or other hazardous conditions that may limit or prohibit remote learning, what will be expected of students on a Remote Learning Day? 

If a student is unable to access the Internet or paper copies of the learning activities, as soon as possible, the student will need to notify his/her teacher(s) of the inability to access remote learning. The student will have five (5) school days to complete the assignments.

Who makes the decision to call for a Remote Learning Day or to close or delay school?


The Superintendent makes the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from the District’s Maintenance Supervisor.

As each Remote Learning Day will follow a Two-Hour Delay with Modified Kindergarten schedule, when will remote learning start/end for students in each grade level?

When the District calls for a Remote Learning Day, all remote learning will begin in accordance with teh individual school's Two-Hour Delay schedule. The following are the Two-Hour Delay Start/End Times for each grade level:

Two-Hour Delay Start-End Times

 

Additional Questions

Additional questions regarding Remote Learning Days may be directed to the individual build principal.