Fourth Quarter Attendance and Grading Information

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 3:02pm

This year has offered many new challenges that we have never faced before! We thank you for your partnership and patience as we charted a new path.

This week marks the end of our third full week of distance learning online. After the initial orientation meetings and the first week of distance learning, there were modifications to the requirements for attendance, participation, and grades. I acknowledge that there has been a lot of communication along the way, and some of the details may have passed you by. Hopefully, this will clarify how we are calculating attendance and how teachers will be calculating if a student receives a P (pass) or I (incomplete) on their fourth-quarter report card. Please note, this only reflects the minimum requirements for report card purposes. It is expected that students continue to work on all these activities, assignments, and programs even if they fulfill the minimal requirements for attendance and passing. The guidelines were developed with care and respect for you, the parents, as you balance the many responsibilities you have during this historic time.

Attendance Requirements for Distance Learning
In order to be considered present during distance learning, students need to be present weekly for ONE of the following:
    1.    a virtual check-in (ELA or math)
    2.    access Lexia Core, or
    3.    access Dream Box.

If students are in one of those three areas, they will be marked present for the week. We hope students will strive to be present for both the ELA and math virtual check-ins and participate in both DreamBox and Lexia Core daily.

Pass or Incomplete

Students will receive one of two grades for the fourth quarter; Pass (P) or Incomplete (I). Here are the criteria for students to earn a grade of Pass for each content area.
    •    ELA - Students are expected to participate in Lexia Core for at least 15 minutes a day for a total of 75 minutes a week. Over seven weeks, that equates to 525 minutes. In order to receive a P in ELA, students need to log at least 263 minutes (50% of 525).
    •    Math - Students are expected to participate in Dreambox for at least 15 minutes a day for a total of 75 minutes a week. Over seven weeks, that equates to 525 minutes. In order to receive a P in Math, students need to log at least 263 minutes (50% of 525).

It is our hope (and expectation) that students work in Lexia Core and DreamBox daily for at least 15 minutes. As long as they do this, they will not have to worry about getting an incomplete for ELA or math.

The ELA and math tasks that have been assigned in addition to Lexia Core and DreamBox activities are similar to what we would be doing in the classroom if we were in the school building, so we wanted to continue those important learning tasks. Those assignments are not part of the ELA and/or math Pass or Incomplete grading calculations.

After the first week of distance learning, HCPSS added a way to monitor and keep track of the completion of science, social studies, and health activities. A "Submit" button was added to those Canvas pages and activities. In order to receive a Pass (P) for science, social studies, and health, students need to do the following for each content area:
    •    Science - Press the submit button 3 out of the 6 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Social Studies - Press the submit button 3 out of the 6 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Health - Press the submit button 3 out of the 6 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.

Shortly after HCPSS added submit buttons for content areas, related arts followed. In order to receive a Pass (P) for related arts, students need to do the following for each content area:
    •    Art - Press the submit button 2 out of the 5 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Music - Press the submit button 2 out of the 5 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Technology - Press the submit button 2 out of the 5 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Media - Press the submit button 2 out of the 5 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.
    •    Physical Education - Press the submit button 2 out of the 5 weeks after completing the activities/assignments.

If students do not complete the minimum, they will receive an Incomplete (I). Students will be provided opportunities into September to complete the minimum and receive a Pass (P) on their final report card.

Again, our hope is to have all students participate 100% of the time in content and related arts. Our teachers spent a considerable amount of time working to provide the continuation of learning. They are amazing, and they want students to take advantage of all of the resources they have prepared. We encourage your child to maximize all of the incredible learning available. At the same time, we fully understand the challenges and stresses associated with online/distance learning. There is the challenge of device sharing, working parents, and managing a "cabin-fever" household just to name a few. If students do not get to everything, that is fine. I wanted to make sure everyone knew the minimum requirements for the 4th quarter and how it will be reported on the report card. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email at ecosentino@hcpss.org or by phone at 410-294-8129.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this unique time period in our children's education.

Sincerely,
Mr. Cosentino