As winter weather is fast approaching, we would like to remind you that the district may use a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) in the event of inclement weather. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the district to use up to five FID days as an alternate form of instruction in place of a closure due to inclement weather or emergency.
While the district still has the option to call a traditional snow day, using a FID will enable school to occur without using the snow days already built into the school calendar. Notification of which type of snow day, either a traditional snow day or FID, will be disclosed at the time of school cancelation through ParentSquare.
Please use the links below for your child’s building schedule during a FID day.
Additional information will follow from your child’s building principal. In the meantime, please see the FAQ below to help answer any questions.
Flexible Instructional Day (FID) FAQ
What is a Flexible Instructional Day (FID)? Essentially, a FID is a remote learning day similar to the virtual instruction students received during COVID. The PA Department of Education (PDE) has approved the District’s application to use up to five Flexible Instructional Days (FID) per year. A FID is used in place of a school day being canceled due to inclement weather or other emergency situations. On a FID, students will complete learning activities and assignments provided by the teacher at home on the day that otherwise would have been canceled. Students will receive learning activities and assignments for each subject that would have originally taken place during a regular school day.
What is the benefit of a FID?
Implementing FIDs will eliminate the need for make-up days in the event of school cancellations. Traditionally, snow make-up days have extended the school year or cut short planned vacation days throughout the year. The district can use up to five FIDs per school year. FIDs are considered a school day and count toward the number of instructional days/hours required under Article 15 of the Public School Code and Chapter 11 of the State Board of Education regulations.
What will be expected of my child during a FID?
*Students will not report to school.
*Follow the attached modified schedule below and as listed on the school website under FID
*High School Schedule
*Utilize Google Classroom for all instructional materials and assignments for the day.
*Attendance will be taken by the classroom teacher
How long will my child have to complete FID lessons and/or assignments?
*Students are expected to have assignments completed based on teacher-provided deadlines.
*If students experience difficulty while accessing instruction at home, the parent/student must communicate with the teacher through email. Extensions may be granted for lack of internet access or other technological difficulties.
My child has an IEP. Will his/her lesson be modified appropriately?
The FID lesson will be designed utilizing program modifications, specially designed instruction, and supplementary aids and services identified in the student’s individualized education plans. Upon return from a FID, teachers of students with IEPs will meet with their students to review work submitted, checking for completion and understanding.
Any related services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, etc.) scheduled during the FID will be rescheduled according to the student’s individualized education plan frequency requirements.