LGSUHSD RESOURCES AND PLANNING
Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community,
As you know, on March 16, 2020, our schools closed in response to the COVID-19 virus. This closure continued through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Further information regarding the duration of the closure and plans to continue instruction and learning can be found below as we strive to keep you apprised of current information, including new developments and advisories.
The safety and well-being of our students, staff and parents continues to be of paramount importance and our district and site administration and our Board of Trustees work diligently to support that commitment. We recognize the critical nature of the current COVID-19 outbreak and our need to protect the well-being of all concerned. We are working with local agencies and school districts daily, sometimes hourly, to ensure that the measures we are taking are appropriate and in alignment with the most up-to-date guidelines. We would also like to share the most current information with which we've been provided regarding how colleges and universities are handling grading in the era of COVID-19: CSU and Higher Education Statement.
Michael Grove, Ed.D. - Superintendent
General School Closure FAQ’s:
How will grading change during the rest of the school year? Good afternoon - I hope this email finds you all well and that you all are enjoying this beautiful weather. I am writing to update you on how our district will assign final grades for the Spring 2020 semester. The details of this are as follows:
All students will have the choice between being graded under a Credit/No Credit (C/NC) model or under a traditional A-F letter grade model.
All students will have to choose one of these grading models for all of their Spring 2020 courses (i.e., students cannot choose to earn C/NC for some courses and letter grades for others).
All A-F letter grades earned will be included in a student’s GPA in the same way they always have been.
Credit or No Credit grades will not be included in a student’s GPA
Students who choose the Credit/No Credit grade model will need to achieve the equivalent of a D grade or better in order to earn a Credit “grade” on the transcript. Under the C/NC model, students who do not meet the minimum expectations to pass a class (i.e., those who earn an F grade) will earn No Credit “grade” on the transcript.
Regardless of which final grading model a student chooses, all students are expected to attend all class meetings and to complete all course assignments and assessments as usual. The grade model a student chooses for final grades (A-F or C/NC) does not result in different expectations in the courses. The expectations and standards are the same for all students - the only difference is the type of grade placed on the transcript at the end of the semester.
This is a temporary change in grading policy and will apply only to Spring 2020 grades
In the next week, we will:
Establish a clear date by which students must make their choice and we will provide detail on how to submit your choice. The deadline will provide students and families with substantial time to consider all relevant information and make a decision.
Provide a wide variety of online resources that students and parents can use to assist with and inform their decision making about which grade model is best for their student and family.
This blended grading model was chosen after a great deal of research, particularly with college and university admissions offices, examination of available information, and after receiving the advice of an advisory panel made up of a representative spectrum of students, staff, and parents. We examined seven different possible grading models and, while each model has its own set of potential benefits and drawbacks, we believe that this model provides the best balance of potential benefits vs. potential drawbacks for the greatest number of students.
In addition to this temporary modification to the types of grades available to students, we are working internally to ensure that the grading practices we use to assess student learning and assign grades reflect a commitment to support the success of all of our students and to accommodate the unique consequences of the shift to online learning. We recognize that we are more limited than normal in the amount of content we can address and in how we can assess student mastery, and we also recognize that online learning poses greater challenges for some of our students than it does for others. We want to ensure that all of our grading practices reflect the realities of our situation.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools. We hope that you are all well and look forward to seeing you back on our campuses. Up to date information regarding grading can be found by clicking here.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES/INFORMATION INCLUDE:
How will the closures impact the school year? Will we have to make up lost days at the end of the school? The Governor’s Executive Order N-26-20 waives the 180 school day and instructional minute requirements for those schools closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this point, we do not anticipate having to make up any instructional time lost due to school closures.
If a student needs CASSY or other mental health support services, whom can they contact? If you or someone you know are in crisis or in need of immediate support, please call 911 or one of the following 24-hour crisis lines: Text BAY to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line); (855) 278-4204 (Santa Clara); or (800) 273-8255 (National). If support is not needed immediately, students can contact their guidance counselor and they will connect the student to a CASSY therapist. Updated CASSY referral processes are available by clicking here.
Are school campuses and facilities open during the closure? ALL campus buildings and facilities are closed. Students may not come to campus for any reasons without explicit permission during this closure. For information about summer activities, please click here.
LGSUHSD Archived Communications re: COVID-19 & School Closure:
March 17, 2020 - Shelter in Place Notification
March 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
March 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
March 4, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
February 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
January 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
January 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Academic Resources for Students and Parents:
Getting Started with Canvas for students
Student Health and Well-Being:
Talking to Children About COVID-19: National Association of School Psychologists