Mississinawa Valley Experiments with E-Days
By Dorothy Gilbert
With Darke County schools only being allowed three calamity days this
year, Mississinawa Valley has decided to excel with the technological
advancements and allow students two e-days.
An e-day would be when students miss a fourth school day, they are able
to go online to the school's website and complete an online lesson
teachers have prepared. A survey was conducted and most MV students
have internet access. To accommodate for those who don’t, the students
are allowed up to two weeks to turn in the assignment. Should students
not understand the assignment, each teacher has listed a phone number
or an e-mail address and the hours at which they can be reached. This
is seen to most as a positive alternative compared to adding days to
the end of the academic year.
Mississinawa is the only school in Darke County to try this. If it is a
success, this may be an alternative for schools nationwide. Dr. Lisa
Wendel has already spoken to several other superintendents across the
United States who are anticipating the results of this trial. If
Mississinawa does not exceed the three calamity dates issued by the
county, it is scheduled to extend its Easter break by two days and have
the students consider them as e-days.
Many college courses are available online and an e-day would be
considered very similar to that. If anything, this could be a step in
preparing students for college.
Dr. Wendel, as well as many other faculty and community members,
anxiously await the outcome of these results.