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What is an E-Learning Day?

E-Learning days provide an opportunity for teaching and learning to continue when school cancellations are necessary due to inclement weather. On an E-Learning day, teachers will send materials home in advance, if possible, share assignments online and hold office hours in which they are available to provide learning support to students.

The first day of the school year canceled due to inclement weather will be considered a “snow day” and no online instruction will take place. After that, the next five days canceled due to inclement weather can be declared E-Learning days, which count as regular school days.

As defined by the Minnesota Department of Education:

  • E-Learning day means a school day where a school offers full access to online instruction provided by students' individual teachers due to inclement weather.

  • Each student's teacher must be accessible both online and by telephone during normal school hours on an e-learning day to assist students and parents.

  • Notify parents and students at least two hours prior to the normal school start time that students need to follow the e-learning day plan for that day.

  • Notify parents and students of the e-Learning day plan at the beginning of the school year.

  • Accommodations for students without sufficient access to the Internet, hardware or software in their homes. (School administration, teachers, and other staff continually work with families to ensure equitable access to online learning resources including distributing “hot spots” or alternative resources if possible.)

When severe weather affects the school day, District 191 does everything it can to keep families in the know.

  • Website — Pop-up alerts will be posted on the District website at and all school websites
  • Notification phone call —  A phone call will be delivered to all phone numbers on file for all students
  • Email — An email announcement will be delivered to all email addresses on file for all students
  • Text messaging — A text message will be sent to parents who opt in (send "Y" or "YES" to 67587 to receive text messages)
  • Social Media — Announcements will be posted to District 191 Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Local television & radio — Information will be relayed through local television and radio stations

In the event of all emergencies, including those not due to weather, student safety is always the district's top priority. The district will do everything it can to communicate with the families of the students involved in an accurate and timely manner, and through the channels (phone, email, text, social media, etc.) it deems appropriate depending on the circumstances of the emergency.

Learn more about Emergency Notifications.

How does an E-Learning Day work for each grade level?

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