Flexible Instructional Days (FID)

The District was recently approved by the Department of Education to implement up to five (5) Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) beginning this school year. The Flexible Instructional Day (FID) Program is a tool available to public school to be used as an alternate approach to delivering instruction if a circumstance arises that prevents instruction in customary manner.

Flexible Instructional Days Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Flexible Instructional Day?

A Flexible Instructional Day can be utilized in cases when circumstances (e.g., a disease epidemic, a hazardous weather condition, a law enforcement emergency, the inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the public school entity’s operation, damage to a school building, or a temporary circumstance rendering any portion of a school building unfit or unsafe for use) prevent the delivery of instruction in its customary manner or location.

FIDs are considered school days and count toward the number of instructional days/hours required under Article 15 of the Public School Code and Chapter 11 of the state Board of Education regulations. 

How will I know if it is a Flexible Instructional Day?

The community will be notified of a FID in the same manner that the District communicates delayed start times, cancellations and other emergency situations. Notification options are by phone, text message and/or email. The message will be, “Schools Closed - Flexible Instruction Day” to indicate that a FID is implemented. To ensure you receive these messages, please check Dashboard to update your contact information.

What happens on a Flexible Instructional Day?

Students will not report to school on a FID. Because the Mt. Lebanon School District plans to implement FIDs during extreme cold weather, it is likely that we will have advanced notice, which will allow assignments and materials to be sent home with students the previous day.  

Assignment information will also be made available electronically. For secondary students, FID assignments will be posted in Dashboard. For elementary students, assignments may be emailed or posted in Google Classroom. Teachers will communicate to students and their families how to best access the assignments.  Work will be posted by 10:00 AM and teachers will be available for consultation and assistance by email and phone from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. 

Students will have 5 days following the FID to submit the assigned work. Student attendance will be noted by completion of assignments.

What happens if we don’t have access to technology/internet/needed materials?

Students have 5 school days after a FID to submit their work for credit.  Depending on the situation that required the implementation of the FID, certain buildings may be accessible to allow students to access needed materials. Please contact the school if you need to pick up materials. 

What if we need technical support?

In many cases, technology questions can be addressed by your child’s teacher. Dashboard passwords can be retrieved by contacting the building secretary. For other issues, please contact the Technology Department at 412-344-2100.

What if I have a student with special needs?

The FID lessons will be designed for students with special needs utilizing their program modifications, specially designed instruction and supplementary aids and services identified in their individualized education plans. Upon return from a FID, teachers of students with special needs will meet with their students to review work submitted, checking for completion and understanding. If needed, students will have an additional 5 school days to complete assignments. Related services will be rescheduled according to the requirements of the students’ individualized education plan (IEP). 

In addition to your child's classroom and special education teacher, District special education personnel will be available to answer questions through email or by phone between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM at 412-344-2012.

What other services are available during a FID?

Nursing services are also available on FIDs. Please contact your school health office to reach the school nurse or health aide.  Questions can also be addressed by calling our Health Services Department at 412-344-2031.