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Bears Virtual Learning Day

The District may declare a Bears Virtual Learning Day when school is closed because of inclement weather or District emergency. The District will communicate that a Bears Virtual Learning Day has been activated by sending a text message and email and posting an announcement to our website and social media pages. In the event of an extreme weather event or extreme District emergency, the District may choose not to activate a Bears Virtual Learning Day so the community can focus on cleanup and family welfare.

The District is excited to take advantage of this flexibility. We believe Bears Virtual Learning Days will enable the continuous learning of students, allow families to rely on the board-approved District calendar, eliminate the need for "makeup days" that are typically built into our schedule, and provide students, on inclement weather days, a chance to enjoy the snow due to the asynchronous nature of the work. 

What You Need to Know About Bears Virtual Days

  • A Bears Virtual Learning Day is in place of the traditional school closing for inclement weather or District emergency. As such, there will be no need to make the day up as school is in session in a virtual format.
  • Virtual Learning Days must meet Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) criteria, meaning the virtual learning assignments must align to our board-approved curriculum, not just be busy work.
  • Communication regarding virtual activities for the day will come from either your child’s building principal or teacher as soon as possible, but no later than the morning of the weather event or District emergency.
  • Students will not report to a virtual classroom to receive live instruction during the school day on Bears Virtual Learning Days. Instead, they will will access their work through the District's classroom management platforms (i.e. Seesaw or Schoology) and complete the virtual work at their own pace (asynchronous work). Teachers will hold virtual office hours throughout the day.
  • The District will track attendance based on student work completion. Per PDE guidelines, students must complete and submit electronically the virtual learning assignments on the actual day of the Bears Virtual Day or immediately upon arriving at school the following day to receive attendance credit. 
  • Students will be marked with an unexcused absence if they do not complete the work unless the student is reported off for illness. Students who are ill will need to make up the work upon returning to school.
  • If your child is ill, please follow our regular absenteeism reporting procedure.
  • All professional and instructional-based support staff will be available to support students through their school-issued email and Schoology accounts under a normal two-hour delay schedule.
  • Households without access to technology (device, internet, or both) should contact their child’s teacher/ principal for assistance and may be given a reasonable extension to complete the assigned work.
  • Bears Virtual Learning Days do not impact students enrolled in Etown Cyber (Independent) as they are on an independent schedule.
  • Full-time Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) students would be off from school.
  • Morning and afternoon LCCTC students would attend their virtual classes with EASD but not their LCCTC classes.

Please get in touch with your child's building principal if you have questions about Bears Virtual Learning Days.