Blizzard Bags


WHAT IS A BLIZZARD BAG DAY?

A Blizzard Bag day is "snow day" or school cancellation during which students will work at home on assignments planned by their teachers.

My child has special needs. How will he/she work on assignments?

Special education teachers will work with classroom teachers to modify assignments as appropriate. Related service providers will also provide lessons appropriate to the services students receive during the school day. The special education teacher, service provider and classroom teacher will also be available to your child via email or Schoology (Our Learning Management System)

Time Expectation

Teachers design their blizzard bag work for a half day of school or approximately 4 hours. Should my child be  working on school work for the exact number of hours he/she is in school? No. Five to six hours of constant school work without lunch breaks, recess, moving between classes etc., would be difficult for any child. When at school students have many opportunities for learning together and for social interactions. However, with regard to the time frame, it is likely to be a more focused, useful and productive day for students if the time on task is around 4 hours.

Does four hours meet the State requirement?

Yes, the hours of instruction required by the Department of Education are met through this program. The district has been given approval by the Department of Education. We are required by the New Hampshire Department of Education to meet an 80 percent attendance or participation rate. You can find out more about the NH DOE Blizzard Bag requirements here

How will I know if it is a Blizzard Bag day?

You will receive a notification message from our superintendent stating that school is cancelled and that the day has been designated as a Blizzard Bag day.

Will all of our snow days be Blizzard Bag days?

We don’t want children to miss the fun of a good old fashioned snow day; so, the first school cancellation will be a snow day not a Blizzard Bag day. There may be up to five Blizzard Bag days.

When are the assignments due?

The assignments are due the day following the Blizzard Bag day.

What constitutes attendance?

When a student hands in the Blizzard Bag Assignments, they are considered present. 

What if my child is sick and does not do the assignment?

A child who is excused due to illness will have the same amount of time to make up the work as with any absence.

When must teachers be available?

Teachers will be available from 8:30 to 12 pm. Teachers are available for students via Schoology (Our Learning Management System) in our grades 4-12 and all teachers are available via email.

If my child does not do the work will they be marked absent?

Yes. Missing assignments also affect a student's grade. However, if there is an extenuating circumstance, our policy on absences will be followed and students will be given additional time to complete the assignments if the lack of assignment completion is deemed an excused absence.

How does my child know what to do?

Teachers will review their blizzard bag expectations with students.

Do I need to help my child?

Your child should be able to complete most activities independently, though they may want to email, or go online with their teachers. Teachers will be available during the day to: clarify directions, answer questions, make suggestions for additional resources, and to explain concepts.

How many years has Moultonborough School District been using Blizzard Bags?

We applied to do Blizzard Bags with the NH DOE in 2014-15. We did not use any of the Blizzard Bag days for the first two years. In 2016-17, we used all 5 Blizzard Bag days as well as 4 regular Snow days. In 2017-18, we used all 5 Blizzard Bag days as well as all 5 regular Snow Days.
You can find our original Blizzard Bag Plan here:


WHERE TO FIND MY CHILD'S BLIZZARD BAG

Grades K through 3 will take home physical blizzard bags. All five blizzard bags will be sent home in November. Some assignments have optional online components. There will be two specials assignments in each bag. Links to an electronic copy of the blizzard bags will be made available here for parents to access.   2018-2019 K-3 Blizzard Bags

Grades 4 through 12

will use our online classroom application called Schoology (Our Learning Management System). Students and Teachers in grades 4 through 12 use Schoology on a regular daily basis for homework and assignments.  Students will log in to their courses in Schoology, find their blizzard bag folder in each class and follow their teacher's directions. Students in these grades all have school iPads that they use everyday and will use these iPads for their Blizzard Bags as well.

Logging in from home with a school iPad
Please see these directions if your student is having trouble getting online at home.
iPads: Directions for use from Home
Your students should also have this documentation saved on their iPad as well.


 

 

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