Following feedback from its stakeholders, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will employ Virtual Learning Days using its Digital Dreamers technology to make up time lost in January to inclement weather.
“With our Digital Dreamers initiative, DCSD is able to be increasingly innovative in extending the classroom outside the walls of the schoolhouse. This is a new level of instruction and use of inclement weather days, as we’re melding our cutting-edge technology with lessons that can be taught and absorbed anywhere,” said Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green. “We are able to make up precious teaching and learning time without sacrificing rigor. We are excited about this new frontier and what it means for increasing student achievement.”
More than 21,075 students, teachers, staff and stakeholders participated in an inclement weather survey that outlined options for making up two days of instruction. Of the respondents, approximately 63 percent selected virtual learning as the preferred option.
With virtual learning, teachers will provide students with a virtual assignment that is content-specific and relevant.
Virtual learning access will be made available to students over two weeks – Feb. 27 through March 6; and March 8 through March 15. Students will have five school days plus a weekend to complete their assignments.
Assignments may involve reading, writing, conducting research, performing mini labs, completing practice problems, taking notes, and/or answering questions. Students will be given one week to complete and submit the virtual assignment.
Parents will receive assignments from their child’s teacher the week of February 20. Parents are also encouraged to contact their respective schools during the two virtual learning weeks.
This approach will allow the district to make up two lost inclement weather days. Students will make up the other two days with schools open on Feb. 16 and March 9.
DCSD’s Virtual Learning effort is grounded in its blossoming Digital Dreamers initiative, which will help assure students do not miss the instructional hours lost to inclement weather. Not only will students have the necessary classroom to support achievement, they will also have the tools to access it.