East Pennsboro Area School District is implementing a new Flexible Instructional Day (FID) program. The program is intended to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff stay safe when there is inclement weather or during emergency situations while maintaining our scheduled holidays and in-service days and ensuring that our students have adequate time on task.
In the event of an emergency closing, the administrative team will evaluate whether an FID day is needed. If the FID day is needed, we will announce the scheduled day and share the plans for that day with the district community. On FID days, students will not physically report to schools, but will have schoolwork to complete.
What is a Flexible Instructional Day (FID)?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved EPASD’s request to provide FIDs to our students. This means when emergency situations arise, we can provide instruction to our students at home rather than in the classroom. PDE counts this as a full day of instruction for teachers and students.
How many FIDs can EPASD use in a year?
EPASD has been approved to use up to five (5) of these days this school year. Should we close unexpectedly in the coming months, the first day will be used on February 17, 2020. Careful evaluation will determine future use of Flexible Instructional Days.
How will this work?
- All students will have an understanding of and access to assignments for February 17, 2020.
- Students in Grades K-3 will bring work home to be completed and returned to their teachers when school resumes.
- Students in Grades 4-6 will bring work home to be completed either using personal devices and/or paper/pencil assignments.
- Students in Grades 7-12 will be assigned work to be completed either using their school-issued devices and applications and/or paper/pencil assignments.
- FID lessons will be designed for students with special needs utilizing their program modifications, specially designed instruction and supplementary aids and services identified in their individualized education plans. Any related services (PT, OT, Speech, etc.) scheduled on the FID will be rescheduled according to the frequency requirements of the students’ individualized education plan or in make-up sessions during the remainder of the school year.
- Students receiving special education services outside of EPASD will follow the school calendar of their placement.
What happens if my child has a question on an assignment during the FID?
- Teachers will be expected to be available remotely by email from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. For contact information, please visit epasd.org to locate the staff directory for each building.
Will there be additional FID Days in the 2019-2020 school year?
Should there be additional emergency closures during the 2019-2020 school year, the EPASD Administrative Team will evaluate the need for additional FID days. April 8 and 9, 2020, are scheduled spring break days AND are included in the district calendar as weather make-up days. Should the administrative team determine that these days are needed as make-up days, we may use FID days and will share the decision with the community well in advance. Like February 17, 2020, students will be required to complete assignments, but will not be physically required to report to school.
Please click here to review Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s principal.