Tri-Valley CUSD #3 is proud to announce that we will continue to utilize E-Learning days instead of snow days for at least the next three years. As most of you know, we had a few snow days last year, and deployed our E-Learning days instead of making those days up at the end of the school year. The feedback from our community, students, and teachers was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, we surveyed our community and were excited to learn that over 96% of those who responded were in favor of continuing with this format.
The laws and regulations have changed somewhat over the past year, however, so we have taken steps to be able to provide this format to our community should there be inclement weather. Our Board of Education passed a resolution, the Tri-Valley Education Association joined us in a memorandum of understanding, and our plans were submitted to the Regional Office of Education for review. We can only use a total of 5 E-Learning days in a school year, and do not need to make up any days if more than 5 (E-Learning) snow days are utilized. This plan is now in place for the next three years. However, we reserve the right to change or improve the experience should we find a need to do so. With this plan in place, we can officially say the final day of school for student attendance this year WILL BE May 19th, 2020.
The format for this year for E-Learning will be the same as last, in that, all assignments and materials will be provided by 9 am on any snow (inclement weather) day via e-mail and on our website www.tri-valley3.org (http://www.tri-valley3.org/digital-learning-day). In addition, teachers and building principals will be communicating specifics as we get closer to actual winter :)
Last year, I created a blog post when we first began this process. Though the material is a year old, the specifics related to our plan and programming remain the same. That post can be found here https://www.tv3unit.com/single-post/2018/12/05/Digital-Learning-Days-Coming-To-Tri-Valley.
As always, we appreciate the support of our community as we work to be innovative and effective as a school district. We’ve had quite a fall with our middle school being named a National Blue Ribbon school for a second time, our high school being named “exemplary” top 10% by the Illinois State Board of Education, and a lot of student and extra-curricular program success. It continues to be a great time to be a Viking...now even in bad weather :)
Finally, stay tuned for some positive Viking Vision high school construction news. An update is coming soon with pics, details, and video of the project.