Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs)

We have shared several messages regarding Flexible Instructional Days at Butler Area School District. Below you can find copies of each message along with the date it was emailed and posted to our website. We hope this helps keep everybody informed! 


BASD Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Update for Nov. 27
(Sent on November 11, 2019)

Dear Butler Area School District Parents/Guardians: 

Butler Area School District has designated Wednesday, November 27 as a Flexible Instruction Day. Students will not report to school, but will have assignments to complete at home.

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will receive instructional materials from each of their normally scheduled classes for this day to take home. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities. Students will submit work within 10 days (by December 9) to receive attendance credit for this day. Parents of secondary students (grades 7-12) will receive a Verification of Student Attendance form that will need to be signed and returned to designate that their child participated in the assigned student activities. Students with Special Needs will receive Flexible Instructional Day (FID) lessons designed in accordance to their needs as identified in their individualized education plans.

Faculty will be available remotely on November 27th to assist students who need help.
Teachers from each class or subject will be individually contacting parents prior to Friday, November 15 to communicate the method by which they will be available to parents and students on this day. You will be asked to verify receipt of this communication as a test of the selected method. 

“A Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Program is a tool available to public school entities to be used as an alternate approach to delivering instruction if a circumstance arises that prevents instruction in customary manner.” Click for more info>

Flexible Instructional Days are intended to be used when circumstances prevent school districts from delivering traditional instruction. One of the circumstances where the state supports the use of a FIDs day is when school is canceled due to transportation issues.  

As this will be the district’s first use of a Flexible Instruction Day, we will be asking for your feedback to help us fine tune our procedures. 


We appreciate your support!


Sincerely,

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District


November 27 -- Flexible Instructional Day
(Sent on October 15, 2019)

Dear BASD Parents and Guardians:

As you may recall, earlier this school year we submitted a Flexible Instructional Days (FID) application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We have been notified that our Flexible Instructional Day (FID) application has been approved. 

We are designating Wednesday, November 27 as a FIDs Day. Students will not report to school on Wednesday, November 27. However, they will have assignments to complete.

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will receive take home kits with instructional materials they will need to complete. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities. Students will have 10 days from the Flexible Instructional Day to submit all work for credit. In addition, faculty will be available remotely on November 27th to assist students who need help.

“A Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Program is a tool available to public school entities to be used as an alternate approach to delivering instruction if a circumstance arises that prevents instruction in customary manner.” Click for more info>

Flexible Instructional Days are intended to be used when circumstances prevent school districts from delivering traditional instruction. One of the circumstances where the state supports the use of a FIDs day is when school is canceled due to transportation issues. 

We will share more specific details about the assignments in November. In the meantime, we wanted to make you aware of the change to the school schedule as soon as possible so that you could make any necessary childcare arrangements.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Sincerely,

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District


BASD School Calendar Adjustments
(Sent on September 13, 2019)

Dear BASD Parents and Guardians,

We have made adjustments to our school calendar as a result of our delayed start. 

Monday, November 11th has been designated as an Act 80/School Conference day. Students do not need to report to school on this day. Teachers will be able to use that time for parent-teacher conferences. They have also been given the flexibility to schedule parent-teacher conferences earlier in November. 

Wednesday, November 27 has been designated a regular school day for students and teachers. At this point, students and teachers should plan to report to school on that day. However, we are hoping to be able to use that day as a Flexible Instructional Day (FID). We have submitted a FIDs application on behalf of Butler Area School District and will know by early November if our Flexible Instructional Day application has been approved.  

If you’re wondering what Flexible Instructional Days are and how they will impact your student, you aren’t alone! 

Flexible Instructional Days (FID) is a new initiative for schools launched by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“A Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Program is a tool available to public school entities to be used as an alternate approach to delivering instruction if a circumstance arises that prevents instruction in customary manner.” Click for more info>

Flexible Instructional Days are intended to be used when circumstances prevent school districts from delivering traditional instruction. One of the circumstances where the state supports the use of a FIDs day is when school is canceled due to transportation issues.  

If our application is approved, we would be able to have up to 5 Flexible Instructional Days per school year. At this point, I am hoping to be able to designate Wednesday, November 27 as a FIDs day. 

If we are approved and able to designate November 27th as a Flexible Instructional Day, students will receive take home kits with instructional materials they will need to complete. It is expected that all students complete the assigned learning activities and actively participate in the assigned activities.  Students will have 10 days from the Flexible Instructional Day to submit all work for credit. In addition, faculty will be available remotely on November 27th to assist students who need help. 

At this point, we must still plan for Wednesday, November 27th to be a regular school day for students and faculty. However, if our FIDs application is approved, we will let you know. 

Sincerely, 

Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
Butler Area School District