Digital School Days

  • WCSD is excited to introduce Digital School Days for the 2018-19 school year! A Digital School Day is used in place of a school day that has been cancelled due to inclement weather. A digital school day means that students will complete learning activities and assignments provided by the teacher at home. This program is based on a successful pilot conducted at Incline Village schools last year. For more information, check the FAQs below.

    Schools and teachers are currently preparing detailed plans for the implementation of Digital School Days. These plans will include detailed strategies to deliver a viable lesson in the cases that students don't have access to technology. These plans also will include protocol for when a teacher is not able to access technology. Additionally, there will be opportunities for student to make up any work that they had been unable to access during the snow day.

    Once plans have been approved and finalized every school will conduct tests of the plan to ensure functionality. Every school will be reaching out to parents with specific information about Digital School Days before the test run in late October.

About Digital School Days

  • Why is WCSD exploring and preparing for the use of “Digital School Days"?

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    Historically, winter weather in Washoe County can be persistent and disruptive. In some years, we have had to add school days at the end of the school year to make up for days and instructional time missed due to inclement weather. Now, in the 2018-19 school year, we have the opportunity with the resources available and careful preparation to mitigate the disruptiveness our winter weather can have on student learning. Providing students more opportunities for learning and the ability to provide learning without disruption during snow days is consistent with our district’s focus on student achievement. Additionally, a digital learning day reinforces 21st century job and post-secondary educational opportunities for working and learning remotely.

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  • How will families be notified of a “Digital School Day”?

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    When a Digital School Day is called, the district will initiate a Connect-Ed call, text, and email to parents/students to let them know that a digital day has been enacted and students will be learning in a Temporary Educational Placement (TEP).

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  • What about 2 hour late starts and when school closes early?

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    No. In the event of two hour late starts and early dismissals, a digital school day will not be expected. Specifically, students and staff are typically either getting to school or going home during those school hours missed and assignments and activities are not expected for either students or staff.

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  • What about PreSchoolers and a “Digital School Day”?

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    Preschoolers will have assignments from their teachers just like other students in WCSD. In the event of two hour late starts and early dismissals, a digital school day will not be expected.

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  • What happens if a student does not complete the “Digital School Day” assignments?

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    Students who cannot access the internet will be provided with the assignment, or an alternative assignment when school resumes. The student will have one day for each day absent plus one to complete the assignment to still be marked present or TEP. For example, if the digital day occurred on a Tuesday and school resumed on Wednesday and the student was at school on Wednesday, the school work would be due on Thursday. If the student does not complete the digital school day assignment, the absence will be marked “absent reason unknown," or AUK, unless the parent notifies the school of another reason for absence within the reauired three days. 

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  • What if a student is on a pre-arranged absence?

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    The student would be expected to make up the learning activities and assignments just as if it were any other absence from school.

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  • How much time is my student expected to take to complete the assignments?

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    Teachers have designed learning activities and assignments that are equivalent in time to a regularly scheduled class period. Students working independently on an assignment will likely take less time to complete the assignment compared to a large group setting.

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  • Will the school building be closed on a “Digital School Day” as it is on a regular snow day?

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    Yes. The school district buildings will be closed to students and activities on a “Digital School Day”.

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  • Will staff be accessible during a “Digital School Day”? And if so, how?

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    Yes. The school district staff are expected to be availble through their school email, which can be found on the school website or through the online learning platform such as Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Campus Learning, etc. Teachers will be available to students at least twice during the digital day/work day to answer questions if a student is having trouble with the lesson. Teachers can be available through email or by using an approved digital application for communication with students. 

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  • What if there is only one computer in the house but multiple students?

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    Students may need to share resources in the home or other locations. Some students may want to work on offline options while others complete online assignments.

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  • May a student access the assignments or complete the online assignments from their Smartphone?

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    Teacher websites can be accessed from a variety of tablets, Smart phones, laptop and desktop computers. The assignments may use a variety of websites and applications that may or may not work from a variety of devices.

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  • Other questions?

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    If there are other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! you can submit a question to WCSD staff here.

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