Flexible Instruction Days (Cyber Snow Days)

flexible instruction days (fids)

The state Department of Education has approved Central York School District's request to provide "Flexible Instructional Days" to our learners. This means that on days when situations like winter weather or a building emergency require us to close our schools, we can provide instruction to our students at home rather than in the classroom (think "Cyber Snow Day.") The state will count this as a full day of school and we will not have to make it up during the school year.

The District has been approved to use up to five (5) of these days this school year. We are planning to use these "Flexible Instructional Days" throughout the 2019-2020 school year, as needed. 

Please note that use of a FID requires some advance planning and communication.  If we need to close our facilities due to inclement weather in the future, we will continue to notify you via phone, email, website and social media, as is our practice. These communications will detail that we are using a "FID" and the day will not need to be made up during the school year.


How A FLexible Instruction Day Works

For Our K-12 Learners

  • Students will leave school with an understanding of and access to work that will need to be completed at home in the event school is closed due to inclement weather.

  • Learners will be assigned work to be completed either using their school-issued devices and applications OR paper/pencil assignments. Learners will have the option of completing these assignments in school when classes resume if there are issues with completing the work at home due to Internet access or other factors. Students will not be penalized for failure to complete work if sufficient supports have not been provided.

  • If a learner is absent the day before a FID, the work may be completed at school when the student returns.

  • The FID day will count as a “Cycle Day.” When school resumes, students will return to the next scheduled Cycle Day that followed the FID Cycle Day.

  • Flexible Instructional Day (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. Any related services (PT, OT, Speech, etc) scheduled during the FID will be rescheduled according to the frequency requirements of the students’ individualized education plan or in make-up sessions during the remainder of the school year as a compensatory service.

    • Implications for FIDs will be discussed at the students’ annual IEP meeting where the team will consider if particular needs require additional supports due of nature of a FID and will include those additional supports in the IEP specially designed instruction (SDI) section. An IEP team who determines that a student cannot receive FAPE during an FID through additional support and specially designed instruction (SDI) will be provided compensatory education before June 30, 2019.

Access to Teachers During the Day

  • Your child’s teacher(s) will be available for assistance, via email, from 9AM-12PM and 1-3PM during the FID.

  • Central York School District assures that all students identified as eligible for special education services will receive the provision of FAPE as described and required in the student’s individual IEP. Students will be provided access to instruction by their teacher in variety of methods (including but not limited to…live lessons, Power Point presentations, pre-recorded videos of instruction, guided digital lessons, etc.). Students will be provided access to instructional staff via a schedule set by the teacher, providing for virtual or phone appointments with individual students, live lessons, and emails correspondence. 

Submitting Assignments

Where applicable, learners should submit assignments virtually. Submitting assignments the following day is acceptable as well, either electronically or via submission or paper/pencil work.