From staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Friday, Oct. 9, is scheduled to be an “eDay” for Jefferson County schools. An eDay is a day when students will receive assignments beforehand, and will require students to do their classwork from home.
According to a flyer on the Jefferson County BOE website, these days will not require physical attendance in classes, but the ALSDE recognizes the day as a regular day of instruction.
Students will take home work or be assigned work to be done electronically, although there is no expectation the assignments will be electronic as many Jefferson County students do not have access to technology.
The Jefferson County Board of Education recently sent home a letter detailing the eDay and how it works. The letter was sent home Monday by teachers with Friday being the scheduled eDay. The eDay was listed on all school calendars to begin the year, but with very little explanation.
The school system’s flyer sent home says the benefit to an eDay is giving students the ability to take ownership in their learning, while allowing parents to be involved in the learning process as well. Another benefit is the ability to use this type of learning on weather days, rather than having to cancel school and make up the day.
The school system warns that eDays are new to Jefferson County and to expect challenges, but it gives plenty of time for adjustments for future eDays. The next eDay is scheduled for March 18, 2016.