Flexible Learning Days

Robbinsdale Area Schools encourages learning which supports self-regulation, self-direction and student choice. As such, we wish to promote the idea learning can take place flexibly in time, place and content. Our district-wide Flexible Learning plan was developed with input from students, parents and staff to ensure we understood the needs of our community. Our plan is built upon work already practiced in school districts across Minnesota, while adhering to Minnesota Statutes. As such, our work reflects current best practices in Minnesota.

E-Learning Vs. Flexible Learning
In the development of our plan for days currently labeled as "e-Learning," we reached out to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for clarification on the state statute connected to this term. According to the statute, districts can only use the term "e-Learning" on inclement weather days for the purpose of counting them as student contact days. (Read more about e-Learning Days here.)

In our conversation with MDE, they were excited and supportive of our innovative ideas. MDE has also partnered with us to enhance our current plan, which will assist us in serving the needs of our district.  In the adjusted plan, we have changed the label for e-Learning Days to "Flexible Learning Days" on our district calendar.

Benefits of Flexible Learning
On these days, students have the opportunity to continue their learning through enrichment experiences. The goal of the Flexible Learning days is to maximize student learning through the use of technology and innovative practices for enrichment, while our teachers engage in professional learning

MN Department of Education Connection to Robbinsdale Area Schools
As our district refines our Flexible Learning plan, we realize our work is enhancing the way students, families and staff members interact with each other. MDE has committed to assist us with: developing our plan for our Flexible Learning Days; making our plan sustainable; and assisting us in analyzing the effectiveness of our plan.

Adventure Club
Adventure Club will offer non-school day care at a rate of $25 per student (per day), with limited space available at six sites: FAIR School-Pilgrim Lane, Forest, Neill, RSI, Sonnesyn and Zachary Lane. For more information, call Melissa Laatsch, Adventure Club Program Director, at 763-504-5321.

Can any district child attend or just Adventure Club families?
Any district child in grades Kindergarten-5th grade may register at www.rdale.ce.eleyo.com at any of the available locations.  Registration begins Dec. 6, 2018 and is $25.00 per day, per child.

Will there be busing available or hot lunch at the Adventure Club Flexible Learning days?
No, busing is not available; parent/guardians must walk student in to Adventure Club and sign in and out of the program. No, food service is not available; a lunch and drink from home must be brought.