Flexible Instructional Day Program

Flexible Instructional Day Program

The North Hills School District participates in Pennsylvania's Flexible Instructional Day Program.

What is a FID?

A Flexible Instructional Day or FID can be used in place of a snow day or other unplanned school closure and eliminate the need for a make-up day because students perform classwork at home.

The district will make a decision whether to call a flex day or use a snow day on a day-to-day basis. Up to five FIDs can be used each school year.

Attendance & Assignments

FID 5 Attendance (Elementary Cycle Day 1)

Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) count as school days. To be considered in attendance for the day, students must:  

  1. Submit the online attendance form linked here on the FID.
  2. Complete FID assignments and submit them as directed.

Students who do not submit the online form or submit completed FID assignments will be counted as absent.

Those with trouble accessing or completing the online attendance form should contact their school directly if the student is participating in the FID.

Absences on FIDs will count toward students’ accumulated absences for the school year. A written excuse should be sent to school with the absent student within three (3) days in accordance with the NHSD attendance policy and missed work should be completed as assigned.

An online attendance form must be submitted on each FID.

When are assignments due?

Assignments should be completed on the FID and are due within three (3) school days unless otherwise noted.

The 3-day window is to account for things such as a power or internet outage or if a family with multiple K-4 students has only one computer. The 3-day window will also give students time to seek additional help if needed.


  • Students in grades K-6 will follow a lesson plan and complete assignments in the four core subject areas of ELA, math, science and social studies in addition to a special area class and band or orchestra, if applicable.
  • Special area classes are determined by the elementary cycle day 1-6. This day is unrelated to the Flexible Instructional Day number. FID 1, i.e., indicating the first FID utilized during the school year, may occur on any day of the elementary cycle. The cycle day is listed on the elementary menu and will also be communicated by the student's teacher on the FID. The cycle day does not change when a FID is called.

Grades K-4

  • All lessons and assignments are located in the red NH bag sent home with the student or online and linked above on the FID.
  • Each paper color in the red NH bag represents one flexible instructional day as follows:
    • FID 1: Pink
    • FID 2: Blue
    • FID 3: Yellow
    • FID 4: Green
    • FID 5: White
  • Special area class assignments are printed on salmon-colored paper.

Grades 5-6

  • ELA, math, science and social studies lessons and assignments are accessible via Google Classroom on the student's NHSD iPad.
  • Special area class, band and orchestra assignments are accessible online and linked above on the FID.


Grades 7-12

  • Students in grades 7-12 should go through their schedule as they normally would and complete an assignment for each class.
  • The lesson plans and assignments are accessible through Google Classroom the student's NHSD iPad.

Contacting Teachers

If you have questions, need special assistance or an extenuating circumstance arises, contact your child’s teacher.

Teachers will respond to email and Google Classroom messages within 45 minutes on a FID during normal school hours as listed below:

  • North Hills High School: 7 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • North Hills Middle School: 7:30 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.
  • Highcliff and West View: 7:50 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • McIntyre and Ross: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teacher email addresses can be found in the online staff directory. Phone numbers for each school are as follows:

  • High School: 412-318-1402
  • Middle School: 412-318-1452
  • Highcliff: 412-318-1582
  • McIntyre: 412-318-1622
  • Ross: 412-318-1542
  • West View: 412-318-1502

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