NEW ALTERNATIVE LEARNING DAY POLICY FOR WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES
BISHOP MANOGUE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TO PILOT ‘ALTERNATIVE LEARNING DAY’ POLICY IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
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 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 9:30am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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