Frequently Asked Questions
What is eLearning and what are some of the benefits?
Involves the use of technology and innovative strategies to engage students in learning.
Creates a collaborative environment and promotes digital literacy.
Utilizes technology to access educational curriculum, also known as blended learning.
Serves as a tool for creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.
Provides students with experience and practice exercising acceptable use and appropriate digital citizenship.
Extends learning beyond the classroom walls.
Provides the opportunity for staff and students to make-up learning closer to real time instead of making up the days later in the school year.
Minimizes the need to extend the school calendar to accommodate for make-up days.
How and when will eLearning days be used in the district?
Washington Township will have two types of eLearning days. We will have one scheduled eLearning day on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Election Day). This serves as a regularly scheduled instructional day for students, teachers and select staff.
Washington Township may also utilize eLearning days when they have to cancel school due to inclement weather or an unplanned emergency.
The Superintendent (or designee) will make the decision to cancel a regularly scheduled school day due to an unplanned emergency (e.g., inclement weather, road conditions or major building maintenance issues).
The school closing announcement will include a statement about replacing the school day with an eLearning day.
How will students make up the learning time on eLearning days?
Teachers will utilize Canvas to provide instruction and assignments for students to complete as practice and to demonstrate understanding.
Students in kindergarten and first grade may receive assignments via Canvas or in other forms in order to complete their assignments.
Will staff and students have devices to utilize for eLearning Days?
All teachers will have school-issued laptops in order to respond to students during their contract hours on an eLearning day. Teachers will share with students the hours that they are available to answer questions via email for each eLearning day. The hours may differ depending on the type of eLearning day (scheduled vs unscheduled).
Students may use their school-issued device or their families’ own electronic device (e.g.., computer, tablet, or smartphone).
If this is not possible or if a family does not have Internet access, students have five (5) days to complete their assignments and can access the assignments from their teacher at school during the next day they are present at school.
Are there expectations for using Chromebooks?
Will students need and have access to the Internet?
Families may access the internet from a number of Washington Township locations that provide free Internet access. This may be more applicable during our scheduled eLearning day. However, depending on weather conditions, it may be possible to travel to a free Internet location. For a listing of these locations, please use the following link: bit.ly/wtelearning
In the event of power outages or other issues related to the cancellation of school, students will have five (5) days, including the eLearning day, in order to access and complete their assignments.
How will teachers be contacted during eLearning to support student learning?
Teachers will post their assignments, availability and contact information on their Canvas course home page under an “eLearning” button.
Teachers may be contacted as needed by students, parents and/or principals during the normal school day hours on the eLearning day. Parents and students will need to follow the directions posted by the individual teachers.
For inclement weather or emergency related unplanned eLearning days, teachers will be available during their contract hours and will share these hours on their Canvas page.
What is the timeline for teachers to assign work on an eLearning day?
What will be the student workload expectation for eLearning?
What is the timeline for students to submit completed work?
IMPORTANT: The five (5) day eLearning window only counts school days. Weekends and holidays are excluded from the eLearning window.
What should a student do if technology is not working for them on an eLearning day?
Any questions regarding lesson content or related resources should be directed to the teacher.
If a student has questions regarding technology, students or parents are welcome to contact the Technology Hotline at 317-254-5566.
In the event of a widespread technology issue, Washington Township will communicate the problem and any solution via our Outbound Call System. Otherwise, staff will work with the student/parent to address the concern on a case-by-case basis when students return to school.
What if my student receives accommodations?
For those students who require accommodations to meet their individual needs, teachers will work very closely with school staff, students and their families to ensure assignments reflect both Individual Education Programs, 504 plans, and Individual Learning Plans as well as expected learning objectives for the class. For students with disabilities who do not use an online platform for learning, appropriate educational materials and learning activities will be provided.
Will eLearning assignments be graded?
How does eLearning account for attendance?
Washington Township eLearning days are considered official school days for students and teachers. Students must attempt and/or complete the assigned school work to be considered in attendance for any eLearning days.
Students that do not complete any work during the eLearning day or do not log into Canvas to obtain and complete their assignments may be marked absent.
Students will have 5 school days, including the scheduled or non-scheduled eLearning day, to complete any assigned work.
Students and parents who have communicated a pre-arranged absence with the school will be marked absent during an eLearning day unless they provide updated documentation with the attendance office/front office of their school.
Has Washington Township established a maximum number of eLearning days?
The guideline for utilizing unplanned eLearning days is a maximum of three consecutive days not to exceed a total of five (5) eLearning days for the school year. This guideline can be changed at any time by the Superintendent.
In the event that unplanned school cancellation days exceed the guideline, the Superintendent may choose to hold school on the weather make-up day on February 21, 2022 or the days can be made up at the end of the school year in accordance with the board approved calendar.
Will adult supervision be required for eLearning experiences?
Assignments for eLearning days are designed to be completed by the student with little or no parent involvement required unless specifically stated by the teacher.
Some content may be new, but accessing the assignments and using technology should be something students are used to doing independently.
How will eLearning days impact after school activities?
Will AYS (At Your School) be open on eLearning days?