EVSC changes schedule to aid stressed teachers

EVSC holds meeting to find ways to help teachers during pandemic
Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 at 4:09 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - EVSC teachers will be getting some relief in the spring calendar.

The school board voted to approve changing four regular school days into E-learning days with more time for teachers to plan.

Superintendent Dr. David Smith says the pandemic added an extra set of challenges for schools. They had to restructure the school day to meet social distancing guidelines and stretch staff to cover all of the changes.

Teachers lost some planning time.

On the four E-learning days, students would learn in real-time, remotely, from their computers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and teachers could have the blocks of time before and after that for planning.

“During those days, our teachers would have additional time to plan, which is so essential for success in our school setting, as well as provide synchronize learning to our students,” explained Dr. Smith. “Hopefully without undo hardship on our parents.”

The new E-Learning days are March 12, April 16, April 30, and May 14.

The board also approved allowing the EVSC to request a flexibility waiver from the Indiana State Board of Education.

The waiver would allow the EVSC to count instructional minutes instead of instructional days.

As Dr. Smith explained, that would give the school district some flexibility heading into the winter.

The EVSC already exceeds the minimum number of instructional minutes required by the state.

This means that if they were allowed to keep track by the instructional minute instead of by the day, then over time they’d be accruing extra minutes above the state minimum. This is to the point that they may not have to make up a whole day the next time there’s a snow day.

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