USC approved to use Flexible Instructional Days
Dec. 10, 2020
Flexible Instructional Days (FID)
During the 2020-2021 school year, Upper St. Clair School District will be utilizing Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs), which may be used in place of a school day that would otherwise be canceled because of inclement weather or another emergency situation that is NOT related to the pandemic/health and safety closures. On a FID, students will complete learning activities and assignments provided by their teachers at home.
What's the benefit of a FID?
Implementing FIDs will eliminate the need for make-up days in the event of school cancelations. Traditionally, snow make-up days have extended the school year by one or more days in June. The District can use up to five (5) FIDs per school year. FIDs are considered a school day and count toward the number of instructional days/hours required under Article 15 of the Public School Code and Chapter 11 of the State Board of Education regulations.
If the District calls for a FID, how will I know?
Families will be informed of a FID through the District's notification systems in the same way that school closings/delays are currently announced. Notifications will be distributed via automated calls/emails and will be posted on the District's website, www.uscsd.k12.pa.us.
Will every school day that is canceled because of inclement weather be considered a FID?
A FID will occur after the District uses any scheduled make-up days in the school calendar. For the 2020-2021 school year, make-up days are not scheduled. The district has up to five days to utilize as a FID.
What will be expected of my child during a FID?
- Students will not report to school.
- Teachers will post all assignments on Canvas by 10 a.m.
- Asynchronous assignments for 20-25 minutes per subject area/class will be provided.
- Teachers will be available to students who have questions or need assistance. This availability will occur for two half-hour increments via Google Meet at scheduled times.
- Teachers will post their scheduled Google Meet times for the day on Canvas.
- Students will complete the assigned work and adhere to the teacher-provided deadline for the assignment.
- If your child is unable to complete the work during a FID, he/she will have no more than five days after the return to complete and submit assignments.
How does student attendance work?
Student attendance will be verified in two ways:
- Students must log into their student portal (same log-in for single sign-on). Students will confirm attendance for the day by following the directions on the screenshot below. Student Portal
- Students are expected to complete asynchronous work as additional proof of school attendance.
- Click here for additional help logging in to Focus/Student Portal
How can I contact a teacher or staff member during a FID?
- All teachers will be available via Google Meet during a FID during two half-hour scheduled times (links will be placed on the teacher Canvas page, consistent with previous use throughout this school year).
- Teacher/staff availability includes special area teachers such as music, art, library, physical education, learning support, teachers in specialized programs, reading specialists, and school counselors, nurses, social workers, speech therapists, interventionists, and principals, unless the individual is ill that day.
What if my child needs help with a lesson/assignment on a FID? Will teachers be available to answer questions?
Yes, all school-based staff members will be available to answer questions on a FID via Google Meet. Each teacher will email and/or post on Canvas his or her availability for the day.
How long will my child have to complete FID lessons and/or assignments?
- Students are expected to have assignments completed based on teacher provided deadlines, but will have no more than five (5) school days, once school resumes, to complete and submit their learning activities.
- The five school day count will begin upon return from a FID. (i.e. Tuesday is a FID, so Wednesday counts as school Day 1 for assignment completion). It is important for students to complete assignments in a timely manner to have continuity in their learning.
What happens if my child fails to complete his/her assignment(s)?
Teachers will check FID assignment completion and grade the assignment accordingly.
My child has an IEP. Will his/her lesson be modified appropriately?
The FID lesson will be designed utilizing their program modifications, specially designed instruction, and supplementary aids and services identified in their individualized education plans. Upon return from a FID, teachers of students with IEPs will meet with their students to review work submitted, checking for completion and understanding. Any related services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, etc.) that would have occurred during the day of closure will be rescheduled according to the frequency requirements in the students’ individualized education plans.
Will after school activities be canceled on a FID?
Additional communication will be provided by the District on the day of a school closure with regard to after-school activities.