E-Days At Falcon High School

Posted by Matthew Meister on 11/29/2016

Dear Falcon Nation,

As we finally enter winter and the holidays, we need to make you aware of a recent Colorado State Board of Education approval that will impact how some District 49 weather delays and cancellations are handled at Falcon High School this year.

In October, the State Board of Education approved the Falcon High School innovation plan. Our plan includes five e-days (electronic school days) each school year to use during district called inclement weather schedule changes and/or testing days.

The purpose of adding the option of calling an e-day is so we can continue to move forward with our learning at Falcon High School when weather makes it difficult or dangerous to get to campus.

What is an e-day at Falcon High School?
When a FHS e-day is called, students are not required to come to the building, but can attend school via an online option through Schoology.  It is important to note that not every delayed start or snow day called by District 49 will be designated as an e-day at FHS, but students will want to be prepared "just in case."

If a student does not have Internet access at home or through their phone plan, they should touch base with their teacher the day before inclement weather is expected. This meeting allows students to download the required material to their Kindle ahead of time. Students should be proactive and let their teachers know early if they anticipate or experience any problems.

We will work with the district office to evaluate the weather and assess how many hours we have accumulated toward meeting the number of contact hours required by the state for high school students.

If an e-day is called for Falcon High School during a District 49 delay or closure due to weather, families will be notified via a text message and email. Additionally, it will be posted by 5:30 a.m. on the Falcon High School website, D49.org/FHS. Many students follow District 49 on Twitter. A Falcon High School e-day will also be communicated on social media.

Here’s an example. District 49 calls a two-hour delay due icy road conditions in the morning. Because some of our students are new drivers, we may call an e-day at FHS so that our students can stay home and learn through Schoology. Even though the rest of the district is on a delayed start, FHS students and staff will not report to campus on an e-day; Learning will take place at home.

E-day specifics as stated in the FHS innovation plan
Lesson plans for e-learning days will be available on Schoology. The lessons will cover the same material that would be covered via traditional instruction in the classroom. Students that don’t have Internet access at home will have one week to complete the assignments uploaded by their teachers. Falcon High School will meet the following criteria for e-learning days:

a) All students and teachers have the ability to access the Internet or instructional materials when they are away from the school building. This may include downloading of materials the day before inclement weather is expected.

b) Parents and students will have the ability to reach teachers via email for help and questions throughout the "virtual" learning day or if students are unable to access email, teachers will be available by email the week following the e-learning day. Students will have one week to complete the e-learning day work if they are unable to access the assignment and/or teacher on the “virtual” learning day (with administrative approval).

c) All content given to students during "virtual” classes is content that would have been presented had a normal day been in session.

E-days are new for Falcon High School. The FHS staff will work collaboratively with our families to successfully implement this opportunity to continue our learning when weather makes travel to school difficult or unsafe.

E-days only apply to Falcon High School, not to other schools in Falcon Zone or other zones in District49. We appreciate your support and collaboration as we move to make things safer and more convenient for our FHS students and families. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the FHS administration if you have any questions regarding e-days.