Extended Learning

Extended Learning to Help Keep School Year on Track Despite Weather
Posted on 11/25/2019
ISD 199 busThe state of Minnesota decides the minimum amount of time students must be in school each year. School cancellations caused by severe weather make it challenging to meet the state’s requirements. In 2017, the state legislature amended its state statute on school year requirements to allow schools to use “e-learning days” when faced with dangerous winter weather. Schools can use these e-learning days, known as Extended Learning Days in Inver Grove Heights Schools, for up to five days per school year when schools close due to inclement weather. Each Extended Learning Day that schools use counts as a full school day to keep student learning on track and alleviate the need to add makeup days at the end of the school year.

Extended Learning Days will be used after two Snow or Cold Days cancel school. On the third day, families will receive an automated call that will state the reason that school will be canceled and that it is an Extended Learning Day. Extended Learning is only used for students in preschool through 12th grade.

Extended Learning Day Assignments
Once an Extended Learning Day is announced, assignments will be sent to preschool and elementary parents and secondary students through email, Seesaw for younger students, or Schoology for older students. Assignments will also be available on the district website, www.isd199.org.

Many assignments, especially for younger students, do not require a device and can easily be done at home or in child care. With Extended Learning Day assignments, students still have an opportunity to get in-class help and access to any resources they may not have at home. Preschool through middle school students have one week from the day the Extended Learning Day is declared to turn in their assignments. Similar to work assigned when they are absent, high school students have two days to complete Extended Learning Day assignments.

Extended Learning Day Resources
Students will have access to teachers for any questions on Extended Learning Days. Teachers will be available by email during regular school hours on the Extended Learning Day. Many preschool and elementary teachers will also be available through Seesaw, and many middle school and high school teachers will be available to students through Schoology. Visit www.isd199.org/parents/emergency_closings for Frequently Asked Questions about Extended Learning and more information about school closings.