Erie Middle School Inclement Weather/Remote Learning

Dear EMS Parents and Families, 

Thank you for your continued commitment in supporting student success during this unprecedented time. With your support, our teachers have done an outstanding job expanding student access to technology and the internet, while simultaneously advancing online instructional models and processes to support online learning. We know that every additional day that a student can be in school is critical to their well-being and academic growth. To this end, we have been planning for ways to leverage technology during times of inclement weather and other unforeseen situations that require the closure of our buildings, so that our students can continue to remain connected with their teachers and their learning. 

Inclement Weather Online Learning Days 

Moving forward, any time our buildings must close due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be instituting online learning days. During these closures to in-person learning, students will receive synchronous direct instruction with additional asynchronous time to complete assignments. To maximize time efficiency for our students and staff, inclement weather online learning days may use a different schedule than our typical synchronous online learning days. Middle school students will run on a shortened schedule through all class periods, with time for asynchronous learning, and a teacher office hour for students to check in at the end of the day. Please click here for the middle school schedule information. 

Attendance 

During the scheduled times of synchronous instruction, it will be important for teachers to take attendance. Schools will continue to be flexible with families who are unable to login during online learning days. 

Device Access at Home 

During this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic and the coming winter weather season, it continues to remain extremely important that students bring home their devices, instruments, and any necessary work materials each day. 

Communication 

The district’s communications office will continue to use our traditional channels for sharing information about school building closures with our families, teachers, and staff. 

Again, thank you for your partnership as we continue to support the academic growth and well-being of our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

Sincerely, 

Kim Watry 

Principal 

Erie Middle School