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High School E-Learning Information


Minneota Public Schools

E-Learning Day 

Junior High / High School


What is E-Learning?
An E-learning day is used in place of a school day that has been canceled due to inclement weather. An E-Learning day means that students will attend school virtually and in a synchronous fashion. 


Students are expected to attend each class, each E-Learning day in a synchronous format. This means that classes are “LIVE” each hour. Students will follow a modified high school schedule and report for class digitally. E-Learning is not optional. It’s as important as attending school in a traditional sense. Teachers will be taking daily/hourly attendance and the office will be calling parents (for unexcused absences, just like in a traditional sense). Students who are absent from class will be subject to disciplinary action per the student handbook. Truant students will be reported to the County, just like in a traditional sense. Per the direction of the Minnesota Department of Education, attendance must be taken each day. 

   ● High school students will not have to report anywhere online during study hall. 

● High school students who have online college classes will not have to report anywhere during those hours. 

● Classes will be 30 minutes long. 5-minutes of transition time (from one Google Meet/Zoom meeting to another) will take place between each class period. 

● All classes will take place on E-Learning Days!


High School Hourly Schedule for E-Learning Days:


MHS Teacher E-Learning Prep Time: 7:45 AM - 9:55 AM 
1st Hour - 9:55 AM-10:25 AM 
2nd Hour- 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
3rd Hour- 11:05 AM- 11:35 AM 
4th Hour- 11:40 AM- 12:10 PM 
LUNCH- 12:10 PM- 12:40 PM 
5th Hour- 12:40 PM- 1:10 PM 
6th Hour- 1:15 PM- 1:45 PM 
7th Hour- 1:50 PM- 2:20 PM 
MHS Teacher Office Hours - 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM 


MHS Teacher Office Hours

Teachers are available to answer questions via email or via chat in Google Classroom.


Why is the Minneota School District preparing for the use of E-Learning days?
Historically, winter weather in southwest Minnesota can be persistent and disruptive. Neighboring school districts have experienced a loss of an entire school week due to winter storms and their aftermath. Now, in the 2023-2024 school year, it seems that with the resources available and, if prepared carefully, we can mitigate the disruptiveness our winter weather can have on student learning. Providing students and teachers 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, an E-Learning day reinforces 21st-century job and post-secondary educational opportunities for working and learning remotely. 

The state allows us to have five E-Learning Days. E-Learning Days count as a day of instruction and don’t have to be made up.


Parent Expectations

●  Reinforce to your student that this is “school”, and it’s not optional to attend school on an E-Learning day.

●  Check your e-mail regularly; make sure you have a valid e-mail address on file.


Student Expectations

●  Students need to self-advocate and reach out to teachers if they need help.

●  Students need to check their MPS e-mail regularly.

●  Students need to avoid procrastination and stay self-motivated.

●  Students need to keep their cameras on and stay engaged in the “on-screen” lesson.


Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions


How will we be notified that a “snow day” is an E-Learning day?

The school will communicate with all parents and staff through the SchoolMessenger System that is already utilized. In the message sent, it will read that this “snow day is an E-Learning day.”


What about 2-hour late starts and when school closes early? Will those days also be an E-Learning day?

No. In the event of a two-hour late start or early dismissal, an E-Learning day will not be expected.


What if a student has a pre-arranged absence?

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


Will the school building be closed on an E-Learning day for students as it is on a regular snow day?

Yes. The school district building will be closed to students and activities on E-Learning days.