Extended Flex Learning Updates: Weekly Schedule Change for Wellness Wednesdays

We are starting our next phase of Distance Learning, which will take us to the end of the school year. Based upon the student and family survey feedback we received, there is a strong need for students and families to have more flexible time within the week to achieve balance and wellbeing during Distance Learning. In response to these needs and to support our families, the District will be making two changes to the Extended Flex Learning plan starting this week. These changes are designed to ease stress on K-12 students and families and help students and staff connect more during these last few weeks of the school year. 

First, teachers will provide students a summary of their school work for the week on Mondays. Elementary teachers will be providing an overview of what students will be doing for the week. Middle and high school teachers will be providing assignments for the week, to the extent possible. This will allow students to prioritize and plan their work.

The second change is the creation of Wellness Wednesdays. Wednesdays will be a time for students and staff to focus on personal, social-emotional, and academic needs. Students will use Wellness Wednesdays to complete current or incomplete work, connect with teachers, school counselors or other school support staff. 

Please note: Attendance is still required and students will follow their regular attendance process in Schoology or Seesaw on Wednesdays. Elementary specialists (art, phy-ed., music, STEM) who are scheduled for Wednesdays will still post lessons on Wednesdays. Lunch pick-up/delivery and childcare for emergency workers will still be held on Wellness Wednesdays.

We understand the closure of our school buildings came very suddenly and many students still have personal belongings at their schools. We are currently working on a plan that will allow students to pick up their personal items in a safe way. We will be communicating this plan soon.

Finally, as we approach the end of the school year, many of you may be wondering how your students will receive their final grades of the year. District guidance on grading, as well as finals for secondary level students, is under review and will be shared with all families soon.

We hope these changes will best serve your student and family through this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please email information@isd194.org. For more information regarding the district’s response to COVID-19 and distance learning, please visit https://isd194.org/news/covid-19-information-update/

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