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Flexible Instructional Days (FID)

Dear Parents, Guardians, Families,

Susquehanna Township School District has applied for, and been granted, five Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  A FID is a program available to public school entities to be used as an alternative approach to delivering instruction if a circumstance arises that prevents instruction in the customary manner.  Section 1506 of the Public School Code allows public school entities to develop a FID program to meet the 180 instructional day requirement of section 1501.

While public school entities are expected to build make-up days into their local school calendars, FID programs can support public school entities in cases when circumstances (e.g., a disease epidemic, a hazardous weather condition, a law enforcement emergency, the inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the public school entity's operation, damage to a school building, or another temporary circumstance rendering any portion of a school building unfit or unsafe for use) prevent the delivery of instruction in its customary manner or location.

FIDs will allow Susquehanna Township School District to continue to provide instruction even under circumstances when physical attendance in a building is not possible, while at the same time not adding additional days to the end of the school year.  Susquehanna Township will attempt to avoid using FIDs as we believe in-person learning is best for the majority of our learners, but we do want to share our plan with you in the event that using an FID becomes necessary.

How will I know if an FID is being used?

  • If one or more of the Susquehanna Township School District buildings must close unexpectedly and the decision is made to employ an FID, you will be notified via the normal mechanisms; news stations, website posts, robo calls/texts/emails, and social media.

Will FIDs be synchronous or asynchronous?

  • If an FID is necessary teachers will deliver synchronous and asynchronous lessons to learners, K-12.

Will the school day hours be the same?

  • In the event of a FID the affected building(s) will follow a modified 2-hour delay schedule. 

How will learners log into their classes?

  • Students will access meetings and lessons utilizing district-issued devices. Learners will log into Teams for virtual meetings with their teachers. 

How will attendance be recorded?

  • The teachers will take attendance at the start of the day (K-5) and at the beginning of each period (6-12).

 What will the day look like?

  • Grades K-5:
    • ELA and math-focused lessons will be provided via synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  Teachers will share the daily schedule and expectations for participation with learners at the start of the day during morning meetings/check-in.  Teachers will distribute hard copies of the work the day prior if the school is aware of an impending FID.  Schedules and work will also be posted in Canvas, Class Dojo, and Seesaw. The instructional day will end at 3:00 P.M.
  • Grades 6-12:
    • Core content area (ELA, math, science, social studies) lessons will be provided via synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  Teachers will share the daily schedule and expectations for participation with learners at the start of each period.  Schedules will also be posted in Canvas and Microsoft Classroom and delivered in hard copy the day prior if the school is aware of an impending FID. The instructional day will end at 2:00 P.M.

What if my learner needs help during the day?

  • During designated instructional hours, teachers and support staff will be available via email and Microsoft Teams or phones and via the district's main number, (717) 657-5100. Teachers will be available to provide clarification, assistance, and support with assignments.  Teacher email addresses are available on the STSD website and CANVAS.  The district will offer tech support via our Support Desk.  Families and students can submit a support ticket throughout the day via the district website (htps://www.hannasd.org/district-departments/technology ). 

What if my learner cannot access the courses?

  • When the district anticipates a school closure, teachers will guide learners to download necessary materials and resources to their desktop folders from CANVAS or Microsoft Classroom using their district-issued devices (iPad or laptop).  Teachers will show learners how to use choice boards in FID folders (on devices) or via hard copy to complete instruction. 
  • If a learner has no access to the internet, they can complete work in their FID folder or via hard copy. 
    • Grades K-5: Hard copies of choice boards or learning packets will be sent home to hold in case of a virtual instruction day.  The hard copy will be used only if the learner can’t access Teams and Seesaw to complete the assignments for the day.
    • Grades 6-12:  Students will complete assignments that have been downloaded into the FID folder or hard copies sent home.
  • In the absence of tech challenges, learners are expected to log in for synchronous and asynchronous instruction to receive credit for attendance and participation.  Students/guardians should notify the district using the main number, (717) 657-5100 if they have issues accessing materials or need to open a ticket with the Support Desk (tech department).   If a learner does not log in for attendance and does not contact the district at the number above, they will be marked absent.
  • Choice boards or hard copies of work must be submitted immediately upon return to school.  Students who were absent the day FID resources and materials were downloaded to the desktop folder or when choice boards (hard copies) were distributed will be given additional time to make up assignments for a grade but will not be given credit for attendance on the FID.  Students who leave their devices at school will complete choice boards or hard copies of work assignments immediately upon returning to school.