NEW ALTERNATIVE LEARNING DAY POLICY FOR WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES
BISHOP MANOGUE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPLEMENT ‘ALTERNATIVE LEARNING DAY’ POLICY IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
* PLEASE NOTE: Bishop Manogue’s Alternative Learning Day policy was approved by the Nevada Department of Education in November of 2018*
Bishop Manogue Catholic High School will pilot a new ‘Alternative Learning Day’ policy for weather-related school closures. The new policy will ensure that students meet state class-time requirements and will avoid the need to make up the instruction days at the end of the year.
HOW ALTERNATIVE LEARNING DAYS WILL WORK
In the event of a weather-related school closure, students will be expected to complete work that will be assigned by their teacher. This work will be assigned online (via Google Classroom) or assigned ahead of time in-person. The course periods on the school closure day will remain the same. For example, if a school closure day occurs on a day when students are to attend periods 1-4, students are expected to complete work for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4thperiods. They will have up to 5 school days to turn in work and teacher late work policies will still be in effect.
If a student DOES NOTcomplete the assigned work, they will be marked absent for that class on the school closure day.
THREE ATTENDANCE CODES WILL BE USED FOR WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES
- TEP(Temporary Educational Placement) – all students will start with this code
- UNVE(Unverified Absence) – if work not submitted within 5 school days
- UNEX (No call, unexcused) – if work is submitted late
SCHOOL CLOSURE POLICY
- In the event of a school closure for any reason, students and teachers will not report to school. If there is any question as to whether the school will be open or not, parents, students, and teachers should check the Bishop Manogue Catholic High School website and social media pages.
- Teachers must create an assignment for students in lieu of attending school during a closure. The assignment must be commensurate with the content that would have been covered during class for the duration of the closure. Teachers may elect to post the assignment on Google classroom in advance or on the day of the closure. Students will have up to five (5) school days to complete the assignment(s). The length of time for the assignment will be up to each teacher’s discretion.
- Attendance will be coded TEP (temporary educational placement) for a school closure. However, if a student fails to turn in the assigned work for the day(s) of closure, his/her attendance will be changed to an unexcused absence for each day the assigned work was not turned in.
- The school schedule of courses will not change. If school is closed for periods 1-4, the next day will be resume with periods 5-8.
- For weather delays, no teachers or students will be permitted on campus before 9:00 am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What criteria is used to determine a school delay or campus closure due to weather?
A: At Bishop Manogue, the safety and wellbeing of our students is the top priority. Should inclement weather occur, we consult the National Weather Service, Nevada Department of Transportation, follow local law enforcement recommendations and communicate with WCSD safety personnel to determine the severity and safety of the road conditions. We also must take into consideration that our school serves students who live within a large radius of campus and understand that families may be traveling from areas that are facing varying degrees of weather and road conditions. We also consider facility and grounds crews and their ability to effectively prepare the building for student safety. Finally, we recognize that the majority of our students are newly licensed drivers and we want to ensure that their commutes to and from school are as safe as possible.
Q: What if my student is on a pre-arranged absence?
A: In the case of a pre-arranged absence, the student would be expected to make up the learning activities and assignments just as if it were any other absence from school.
Q: How much time is my student expected to take to complete assignments under this new policy?
A: Teachers have designed learning activities and assignments that are equivalent in time to a regularly scheduled class period. Students working independently on an assignment will likely take less time to complete the assignment compared to a classroom setting.
Q: What happens if my student does not complete the assignment(s) due to internet or computer access issues?
A: Students who cannot access the internet will be provided with the assignment, or an alternative assignment when school resumes. The student will have 5 days for each school closure day held plus one more day to complete the assignment and be marked as “present” (TEP).
If you have any additional questions about this new policy, please contact a school representative (775) 336-6000