Halifax County Public Schools have decided on how students will be graded for the 2019-2020 school year, according to an announcement made by Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg on Monday.
Elementary school students will receive a final grade based off the average of their grades of the first three nine weeks grading periods whereas Halifax County Middle School and Halifax County High School students will be able to choose one of two grading options, said Lineburg.
He said families of middle school and high school students will be contacted starting next week to assist students in choosing a grading option.
At the elementary level, he said they chose to average the grades “in order to ensure equity and that students’ final grades are in no way negatively impacted by the school closure.”
Elementary teachers finalized the third nine weeks on March 27, said Lineburg, who also said any grade entered for the fourth nine weeks will be deleted.
Teachers posted final grades for the third nine weeks on March 27, according to Lineburg who said report cards could be viewed in Campus Portal or parents should call their child’s school if they need a paper copy.
Directions for entering fourth nine week grades will be distributed at a later date, according to the superintendent.
He said final grades will be posted by May 11.
For pre-K and kindergarten, the superintendent said the normal alpha grading process will remain with completion at the end of the third nine weeks.
“In general, students will be promoted to the next grade level,” said Lineburg.
If a student was failing for the first, second, and third nine weeks, he said the student will be retained as long as guidelines have been followed per Halifax County Public School’s policies and regulations.
If a student is just below 70, he said parents, teachers and the principal should be in agreement about the appropriateness of the proposed placement for the 2020-2021 school year.
“The early closure of schools for the 2019-20 school year should not be a factor in retention considerations,” said Lineburg.
At the middle and high school level, he said 75% of the curriculum and grades were completed, yet many students’ assignments, projects and assessments may still have been incomplete.
The superintendent said middle and high school students who wish to do so will have the opportunity to continue to work with their teachers to improve grades between April 27 and May 8.
Grading for the middle and high school levels depend on if the course was a yearlong course or semester-long course.
For yearlong courses, Lineburg said a 33.3% calculation will be utilized for each marking period. An average of the first nine weeks, second nine weeks, and third nine weeks grades will then be used for the final course grade, he added.
For semester-long, the superintendent said second semester courses, the final grade will be calculated based on grades earned through March 13.
He said students in semester two classes have the option to complete recovery work.
Grades were to be updated and posted in Infinite Campus by Friday.
Final grades are expected to be posted by May 8 at 4 p.m.
To close out middle and high school students’ final grades, they can choose between two options.
The first option includes accepting the third nine weeks grade as posted on Friday.
Students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who have not already earned the required amount of verified credits to meet diploma requirements will need to take part in continued learning/assessment to earn a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC).
Lineburg said school staff will be identifying these students and providing them with next steps which may extend into next school year to include remediation during school time or extended opportunities.
The second option allows for students to improve their final term three grade by submitting incomplete work by May 8 at 4 p.m.
These opportunities will be provided by teachers beginning April 27, said Lineburg.
Participation in the optional recovery plan can only improve a student’s grade, he added.
“Student grades will not decrease based on work completed as part of the optional recovery plan,” said Lineburg.
Students choosing option two and enrolled in a high school credit-bearing course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who have not already earned the required amount of verified credits to meet diploma requirements will need to take part in a recovery program to teach or reteach missed materials to earn a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC). School staff will be identifying these students and providing them with next steps.
Retention/prevention plans for HCMS and HCHS students will be created on an individual basis, the superintendent said.
For middle and high school students, teachers should have begun running Infinite Campus grade reports, and by March 27, they should have updated term three work collected on or before March 13.
Department chairs are expected to share recovery plans with administration by Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. for feedback with each course posting the same recovery plan.
Recovery assignments can include work that has already been completed because students do not have the opportunity to improve grades during the 4th nine weeks, said Lineburg.
Secondary schools are expected to post recovery plans for third nine weeks by Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
Teachers will be available to assist students with recovery work beginning Monday, April 27.
Teachers are expected to grade all recovery work and post final grades by Monday, May 11, at 4 p.m. All assignments should be dated within the date range of Jan. 6 to March 13.
Between April 20 and May 21, teachers and specialists will work together to provide optional learning experiences to continue remediation, reinforcement, skill building and enrichment.
The superintendent said report cards would be mailed to homes at a later date.
As far as students on track to graduate in May 2020, Lineburg said school counselors are already reviewing transcipts and course histories to apply for state waivers and create paths toward graduation for each student who is currently on track.
Beginning after spring break, school personnel will be confirming graduation, end-of-year grades, and necessary next steps with all students who are on track to graduate, the superintendent said.
Messages will be communicated by phone, email and/or mail after spring break, he added.
For students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes, he said Halifax County High School is providing platforms to ensure students have the opportunity to earn their college credit.
Dual enrollment students also will have two grading options to choose from including default, which will not have an effect on college GPA, or students may choose to take the actual grade earned for the course.
In order to choose the actual grade, Lineburg said students must complete the online form by April 20 for each ACA course individually.
Students who can improve overall GPA by taking the actual course grade should consider this option on a class-by-class basis, he added.
As far as the default option, he said students would receive P+ for a course successfully completed course with a grade of C or higher; P- for courses completed with a grade of D or F; I or incomplete, which extends enrollment in the course as determined by the chief academic officer of Reynold Community College; or W or withdrawal.
If the parent or guardian chooses not to proceed with seeking dual-enrollment credit, Lineburg said the student will still be eligible to earn the high school credit, referred to as a “Carnegie unit.”
The student would receive a grade of W (withdrawal) on his or her college transcript, he explained.
Online instruction or other platforms began Wednesday, April 1.
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