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2020-2021 Grading Policy

Attached, please find the grading policy that we will use for the school year.  This grading policy applies to ALL students, including Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.  We will inform you of any changes/updates made to this policy moving forward. 

Grading policy 2020-2021.doc 

Update on Grading Policy (Letter from Chancellor Carranza)

October 26, 2020


Dear Families,

Over the past month, I’ve been visiting schools throughout the city and have felt such a strong sense of community both in-person and virtually. I’ve been especially proud to see our schools promoting safe and healthy learning environments—both indoors and outdoors. In every class I see, students and staff members have been diligent about protecting one another’s health and safety, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and more. Whether your child is learning in school for part of the week or fully remotely, ensuring safe, high quality learning experiences remains our number one priority. 

As your child’s learning journey continues this year, it is critical that you have a clear picture of their progress. Grades provide a common language for understanding and communicating with your child’s teacher(s) about their strengths and areas for growth. However, given the challenges we have been navigating together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recognized the need to update our grading policy. In this letter, I will share information about the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year.

Please note that our policy reflects feedback from school communities, school leaders, and many other stakeholders across the city. We have heard loud and clear that as students continue to adapt to remote and blended learning, our grading policy must also evolve to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. The 2020-21 grading policy aims to provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress while honoring each individual student’s experience adapting to new ways of learning.

What You Need to Know About Grading in the 2020-21 School Year

Here are key elements of this year’s grading policy:

 Student grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in each subject. Grades reflect students’ level of understanding and skills in a subject as of a specific point in time.

 This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options. Examples of common grading scales include the 1-4 scale, the numerical scale (100 points), and the alphabetical scale (A-D).

 Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have learned, and more.

 Families have flexibility in determining how passing final grades are reflected on student records. This is an option for families who prefer to have their child’s performance reflected more generally (such as “Pass” instead of a numerical grade) as they continue to adapt to blended and remote learning.

 Additionally, students will not receive failing grades if they have not yet met the learning outcomes for their courses; instead, they will receive another mark (“needs improvement” or “course in progress,” depending on grade level) and will be provided with additional time and support to ensure they can master course concepts and earn credit as appropriate.

 While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day. 

Summary of Key Components of Grading Policy in 2020-21 Grade(s)

Grading                         Policy Summary

3K & Pre-K                  No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.

K – 5th                             Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “needs          improvement” (N) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “meets standards” (MT).

6th – 8th                            Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to “pass” (P). Grades of “P” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.

9th – 12th                              Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “credit” (CR). Grades of “CR” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.

If your middle or high school student receives a “course in progress” grade, their school will support them in continuing with their learning beyond the end of the term, as appropriate for the grade level and subject area. Teachers will target instruction to the individual needs of each student. Together, this will help your student make progress toward the learning outcomes for their courses.

 

If You Need More Information

You should reach out to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about your child’s progress and your school’s expectations and scales for grading. When your child’s school issues report cards, your child’s grades will also appear in your New York City Schools Account (mystudent.nyc). If you do not have a New York City Schools Account, visit schools.nyc.gov/nycsa or contact your child’s school for more information.   

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020

Please also note that fully remote families will soon have the option to opt-in to blended learning, meaning that students will learn in the school building for part of the week, and remotely at home the rest of the week. From Monday, November 2 through Sunday, November 15, families will have the option to fill out a form indicating their wish to change learning preferences. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

As always, we are grateful for your partnership in your child’s education. We remain focused on delivering a strong, supportive, engaging learning experience for your student, no matter where they are learning.

Our new grading policy honors their hard work—and yours—during this unprecedented time. We will continue to support you and your child every step of the way.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education



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October 2020 Update on Blended Learning Opt in and Grading Policy

2020-2021 Attendance Policy

ATTENDANCE POLICY - Remote/Blended Learning  2020-2021

FULL DOCUMENT AVAILABLE HERE (Click on link)

Attendance Policies & Procedures

In order to ensure a productive and successful year for all our students, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with basic information about attendance procedures at our school.

Good attendance is critical to academic success.  If a student is not present regularly in all their scheduled classes they risk failure, and lack of promotion to the next grade.  It is also a New York State Education Department requirement that all school-age children attend school regularly.  The State holds parents responsible for their children’s attendance, and legal prosecution can result if parents are non-compliant with this law.

Our goal is that each student will participate daily (Remote and Blended).

If an absence is truly unavoidable, we request that written documentation always be provided.

  • In Person: Student is physically present in the classroom/school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.
  • Remote: Student is virtually present for synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

 

Daily Attendance Procedures

Absences from School

  • In the best interest of the student, absences should be kept to a minimum.  Parents are encouraged to plan vacations in accordance with school vacations and to schedule doctor appointments either before or after school hours.
  • If a student is out sick and is seen by a doctor, Parent should submit a note from the doctor describing the illness and the date the child can return to school. 
  • Otherwise, a note should be submitted online by the parent including an explanation for the absence and a current daytime telephone number for the parent using the following link:
  • If a student is going to be absent from school for 5 days or more, the parent must contact school via phone or email immediately to provide copies of airline ticket receipts. 
    • Vacations during school instruction are considered an illegal absence. 

If a student is moving, the parent MUST contact school immediately to give new address and updated contact information and fill out a discharge form.  Otherwise an investigation might be triggered.

Excessive Absence/Truancy

  • An attendance rate of 90% or higher is the goal for all students. Students who are marked excessively absent are in danger of repeating that grade.  Students who are excessively absent from school run the risk of having a truancy case opened in their name.
  • Five consecutive days of absence will automatically open a truancy case (407 investigation)  If a 407 opens up due to excessive absences, the school must begin an active investigation as to why student is absent.

Leaving School Early

  • Unless it is an unforeseen emergency, students should not be picked up early.  Not only are they missing instruction time, it causes disruption to the entire class and teacher.
  • If a student must be picked up early, a written note must be submitted to the teacher stating the reason and time of pickup.  This will make for a quicker and less disruptive process to the office and classroom.

Change of Address/Telephone

Please submit proof of your new address or telephone number change via email. Acceptable proof includes utility bills from the gas or electric company, a lease, a cable bill, and other various documents. Please call us to inquire whether, or not, your proof will be acceptable.  YOUR ADDRESS WILL NOT BE CHANGED BY JUST COMPLETING A NEW EMERGENCY CARD.

*Please ensure that students are picked up in a timely manner at the end of the school day.

Arrival times are as follows:

 3K & Pre-K           8:45 AM

Grades K & 1        8:40 AM

Grades 2 & 3        8:30 AM

Grades 4 & 5        8:30 AM

 

Dismissal times are as follows:

 3K & Pre-K          2:00 PM

Grades K & 1      1:55 PM

Grades 2 & 3      1:50 PM

Grades 4 & 5      1:50 PM

 

Suggestions for Parents

  • Check school’s website for school/student schedules and cohorts.
  • Schedule family vacations around the school calendar.
  • Try to schedule all appointments either before or after school. 
  • Keep careful track of all your child’s known absences from school.
  • Please respond promptly to telephone calls from the school.
  • Always provide the school with your current work and home telephone numbers, and with the number of an emergency contact person.
  • Immediately inform the school of any changes in your telephone number or address.  Proof is required.
  • Always attend Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Check with your child’s teacher in reference to work/assignments and other academic needs.
  • Always have a copy of your child’s NYC Student ID number, and current class schedule at hand.
  • During virtual instruction please make sure that students are fully dressed and ready to learn.