eLearning, Virtual Days

What to Know

Understanding the Difference

Virtual School Day

On a virtual school day, students participate in classes with their teachers at their regular times during the school day. Attendance is taken in real-time, and assignments are expected to be completed prior to the next school day. Teachers will work with students or families struggling with internet access during a virtual school day.

eLearning Day

On an eLearning day, materials/assignments for all classes are posted in Google Classroom in the morning, and students are expected to complete the assignments on their own time throughout the day. Teachers will check in with students regularly throughout contract time to answer questions. Students will have five school days to submit completed assignments.  



How is my child’s attendance counted?

Virtual Day - Attendance is counted in real-time. Attendance will be taken each period for students in grades 7-12. 


eLearning Day - Students who submit their eLearning assignments within five school days will be counted as present for the eLearning day. 

How will my child access their materials on an eLearning Day?

Lessons and all necessary instructions will be posted to Google Classroom by 9 a.m. on the day of an announced eLearning Day. Each student has a district-issued Google Classroom account to access materials and assignments.

Do the assignments have to be turned in electronically?

No. Although assignments must be posted electronically in Google Classroom, the final product does not need to be submitted electronically (making a list, drawings, written responses).

How can my child’s teacher be contacted on an eLearning Day?

Staff members are expected to be available to students and parents for questions between 9 a.m. and the end of the regular school day. Teachers can be reached via email or ParentSquare.

What if my child does not have internet access during an eLearning Day?

We understand that not all students have access to a device and/or the internet during the day due to individual situations, such as loss of internet due to inclement weather, child day care, multiple students at home with a single computer, parent availability during the work day, no internet provider at home, etc. Because of this, students will have five school days to complete and turn in any assigned eLearning Day assignments.

What kinds of activities will my child be doing on an eLearning Day?

The expectation from the Indiana Department of Education is that instruction will continue in the same progression as it would on a regular school day.

Who do I contact if I need help during the eLearning Day?

Your child’s teacher(s) will be your direct contact for any questions regarding assignments, instruction or technical support. A document to assist parents/students with logging into Google Classroom is on this website (below).

How can I prepare my child to be successful on an eLearning Day?

Classes are already utilizing Google Classroom as part of their regular instruction. We also encourage parents to go through the process with their students at home, so they know how to get support and access materials on an eLearning Day. For younger students, we suggest families keep login information (Chromebook/Lab username and password) at home and practice accessing your teacher’s Google Classroom well in advance of an eLearning Day.

My student logged in but still can’t access their Google Classrooms. What should I do?

If this occurs and you are using Google Chrome, be sure you are completely logged out of any personal accounts.  If your student is not using their Chromebook, there should be an icon next to the   icons in the upper right-hand corner of your browser. By clicking the profile icon, you should be able to log out of any personal accounts that may be signed in. Then have your student log in again. 

Google Classroom

What is the learning network?

Franklin Community Schools uses Google Classroom - a free and secure learning network for teachers, students and schools. Google Classroom provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access classwork, participate in discussions and receive important class information or announcements.  


Using Google Classroom allows you and your child to have access to their digital classrooms at any time using the internet - including devices such as a computer, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and more.


Google Classroom is used as an educational tool and will be used strictly for educational purposes. The site will discuss school-related content only and all staff and students will be held accountable for these actions.   

How do students access the network?

There are multiple ways for students to access Google Classroom. Google Classroom is best used while running the Google Chrome web browser, however, this is not required. Using your Internet browser, type classroom.google.com in the URL bar.

How do students sign into the network?

All of our students have their own personal login credentials for all of the Google services we use in school. Their email address is in the format of [First four letters of the last name] [Last four numbers of student ID] @franklinschools.org. For example, “David Johnson” (student ID 0005001234) would log in as john1234@franklinschools.org.


There are some exceptional circumstances where students may have less than four letters of the last name. These students know of the change and can let you know what their username is.


Students will use an eight-letter password (compound word consisting of two four-letter words) that was provided by FSC. Your child’s teacher will be able to provide login credentials if needed.

Where are the course offerings?

Google Classroom ClassesOnce signed in, students will see all the course offerings. Click on the student's name to open a class page. To jump from one class to another, the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner may be used to return to the main menu.  


Each class page has three sections: Stream, Classwork and People. The section that will be in use most is “Classwork.”


The “Stream” may be used for school-related communication. Schoolwork will be assigned, accessed and often turned in through the “Classwork” section.