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5 area schools announce e-learning days due to inclement weather

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Snow days are a thing of the past.

With schools now equipped with the technology necessary to provide instruction remotely, students no longer get to take a day off from classes for inclement weather.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Aitkin, Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake and Pillager schools announced on their Facebook pages they would have e-learning days Thursday, Oct. 22, due to winter storm warning with several inches of snow possible.

Aitkin students will be required to check into the Canvas Learning Management System Thursday for instruction from their teachers. Teachers will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In Brainerd, all students โ€” including preschoolers โ€” should log into their Google Classroom and follow the directions provided by their teacher.

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โ€œAn eLearning day is a student-contact day which provides an authentic learning experience between students and their teacher(s),โ€ Brainerd Superintendent Laine Larson wrote in a letter to families. โ€œIt is not a homework make up day.โ€

There will be no after-school practices, games or activities in Brainerd, and early childhood and family education parent and child classes and child care services are canceled as well. The normal hybrid learning schedule will continue Friday, Oct. 23, provided the inclement weather has concluded.

There will be no activities or Ranger Care for Crosby-Ironton students Thursday.

Crosslake students in kindergarten through fourth grade will receive a phone call Thursday morning with instructions. Older students should log into their first class through Google Classroom at 8:30 a.m. There will be no pre-kindergarten classes.

Pillager students should log into Google Classroom or Schoology for work and assignments. Teachers will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for questions. Fun Stop will be closed, and Little Huskies parents should call 218-746-2193 ahead of time to ensure staff members have made it to work safely. Children should bring their own breakfast and lunch.

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