4/28 -- State rules & procedures
April 28, 2020
Dear Shorecrest Families,
New rules and procedures
As mentioned in my last email communication, our state has established new rules and procedures in regards to grading, credits, and transcripts for all high schools across our state. We have worked to update and modify our grading procedures for all Home Learning assignments as well as for the determination of final semester grades. Teachers are posting a new Academic Plan for Home Learning (this is school-wide and consistent across ALL courses at Shorecrest) on their Canvas sites today. We have also updated our Student FAQ to provide more clarity. Both of these documents are attached. I recommend printing them BOTH out and having them available as visible resources for your family.
Home Learning assignments will continue to be posted on Canvas in a separate module labeled Home Learning. All teachers, all classes, are using this same framework to make it easy for students and families to find these assignments. Going forward, these assignments will be introducing new content, new learning. This is why all students need to engage in these activities to the best of their abilities. We want students prepared for the next level course and be ready for the fall.
New! Semester Grading Updates:
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 State Superintendent Reykdal published Student Learning and Grading Guidance 2020 including binding rules affecting high school grading and transcripts for all Washington public schools during the pandemic. The key principles of the revised grading and credit rules are as follows:
- All students will be given an opportunity to engage in continuous learning to maintain or improve their mastery of essential standards, earn credits and a grade to progress with high school.
- “Do no harm -" Every student will be given an opportunity to maintain and improve their grade with their March 11 school closure status as a baseline.
- No student will receive a “pass,” “fail,” or “no credit” grade for any course taken during the current school closure (exceptions include TAs, students with IEPs which designate use of P grading,etc.)
- Teachers will assign letter grades A, B, C, D, or an I “incomplete." Pluses and minuses may be used with letter grades. An Incomplete ( I ) will be considered for students who were failing a course prior to school closure and have not engaged in Home Learning since the closure; these are students for whom we will not have any grade data available with which to grant a letter grade. An Incomplete does not grant a student credit in a course and so, a student risks being credit deficient or off track to graduate with an Incomplete.
- All student transcripts in the State of Washington will have a COVID-19 designation for this semester due to the extended school closure due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 designation will be explained to post secondary institutions and employers to provide context to student grades during the disrupted school year.
All of the same course grading rules summarized above apply to seniors as well. All seniors need to complete the semester with a complete transcript, earn all credits in order to get the most from their education, and keep all post secondary options open to them. It is especially important that seniors communicate in the event that they are having difficulty accessing learning remotely or online due to circumstances related to the emergency school closure. In such cases an individual waiver or additional time to complete may be considered in consultation with the student and parent/guardian. All students who were on track to graduate at the time of the school closure can graduate this year. We are still awaiting further guidance from Governor Inslee in terms of our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and social distancing requirements so we can determine our next steps in planning for a graduation ceremony.
Teachers are working to ensure that all lessons/activities are accessible to all students and that we reach as many students as we can; however, we recognize that students’ circumstances outside of school and their ability to participate in remote learning vary widely. Students and families: please communicate any special circumstances accessing the coursework so that our staff can help.
Tech Help for School and District-Issued Laptops and Devices:
Is your student having problems with a school or district-issued laptop or device? You can submit technology help desk tickets at www.shorelineschools.org/hometechhelp.
If you would like to monitor your student’s progress more closely on Canvas, please go to this site for information on how to set up a parent observer account: https://sites.google.com/k12.shorelineschools.org/canvasfamilies/home
School Playgrounds, Playfields and Tracks Continue to be Closed:
Our schools' playgrounds, playfields and tracks continue to be closed until further notice. Please help us keep our neighborhoods and community healthy and safe by not using or visiting the school facility. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and will let you know as soon as these restrictions are lifted.
Free Meals for Youth 18 and Under:
Youth meal service will continue at all of our meal sites from 11:30-12:30 each weekday FREE to all youth 18 and under. You can find meal location sites, as well as additional food support resources, including supplemental weekend food bags HEREChildren will receive a hot lunch and a breakfast pack for the following day. Each day's menu will be posted on the Food and Nutrition Services webpage that morning. Additional family food resources are available on the School District Website.
Additional School Closure Resources:
You can find a list of District school closure resources with information and resources related to food service, childcare, financial resources, staying healthy and more. You can find and bookmark it at www.shorelineschools.org/closure.
Our SC HomePage will be updated with this new information and students will receive these same updates through their K12 email accounts. All of these recent changes at the state level have required some additional email communication but we hope to return to our regular weekly Friday Broadcasts starting this Friday. Please check out our SC Facebook Page as we will start honoring our Top 25 Seniors this week!
Lisa González, Principal