SECTION 2: JUST FOR SENIORS
Will I graduate?
Yes. Your final grade can be no lower than it was when school closed on March 13, 2020 even if you do not participate in the education program offered during the closure. Therefore, if you are a senior who was passing all of your classes (D or better) and you meet the credit requirement for graduation set forth in Board Policy 6146.1, you will graduate.
What if I was not passing all of my classes when school closed on March 13, 2020?
You still have the opportunity through distance learning to improve your grades and earn the credit to graduate on May 28. Your principal, counselor, and teachers will work closely with you to further support distance learning options. In the event you are unable to earn the necessary credit, you will have the opportunity to enroll in credit recovery classes on-line using Odysseyware and become a summer graduate, assuming you earn the credit.
What if I am credit-deficit and do not meet the credit requirements for graduation?
If you're credit-deficit you should have already been enrolled in your high school in our credit recovery program “Odysseyware." You will be supported through Distance Learning by your teacher. You will have additional opportunities for credit recovery in summer school. Remember, if you currently have an F in a Spring, 2020 class you have the opportunity to raise your grade.
Will I have to make up the instructional time due to school closures?
Based on current information, seniors will not be asked to make up any time as a result of the emergency school closure.
Will I get to walk?
Now that schools are closed until at least June 19, the Board of Education has postponed the graduation ceremony until large groups of people are safe to congregate again. So far 534 Seniors have joined the current ThoughtExchange which asked, "What would you like to see the District do for graduation?" The primary theme that has emerged is that Seniors want to participate in a tradtional graduation ceremony when it's safe to congregate large groups of people again. The exchange is open until midnight, April 11.
Will there still be any senior activities?
All senior activities have been cancelled.
How do we get a refund for senior activities I've paid for such as Prom, Grad Night, etc.?
Refund checks will be mailed home to students from Hillcrest High School, La Sierra High School & Norte Vista High School Prom, Grade Night and Senior Activity Day by Friday, April 10th. No action is required on the part of students or parents, just watch the mail. Students from AHS and AACHS will recieve a Cap & Gown refund. Comprehensive high schools are provided caps & gowns. There is no cost to students.
Will we still get our High School yearbooks?
Yes, students from Hillcrest High School, La Sierra High School & Norte Vista High School will receive their yearbook. We are still in the process of determining how to do this safely. Principals will alert parents/students of the plan. Stay tuned. More to come once yearbooks arrive.
What about refunds from PTAs and PTOs?
These will need to be issued directly from your site PTA or PTO. Families will need to contact their school site PTA or PTO for more information.
Will I be required to take any state tests or make them up?
No. Governor Newsom has canceled the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing and there is no plan for seniors to make them up.
Will there be AP, IB & SAT exams?
SAT cancelled until June.
AP plans to coordinate an online, at home format. Including remote supports for AP students. Visit our HS High School Resource page for more info. Refund will be issued with no penalty for students who opt out.
IB has suspended tests. Students will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the IB Programme.
Will college admissions be effected?
On April 1, The University of California announced it is temporarily easing admission requirements due to the abrupt coronavirus closure of high schools. Details here. The CSU system and CSU campuses have also announced that they too will exercise flexibility and accommodations for fall 2020 applicants in meeting admission requirements and the subsequent steps toward enrollment. Details here.
What will school look like between now and May 28?
You will interact with your teachers through a variety of Distance Learning strategies, including the use of computer and other communications technology. You are expected to check-in with your teacher regularly, as scheduled by your teachers. Teachers may use video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and instructor is on-line interaction, instructional television, video, telecourses, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology. However, Distance Learning may also include the use of print materials incorporating assignments that are the subject of written or oral feedback.
What if I don't have a computer or the Internet?
Visit the Technology Support site to learn how to access both a computer and the Internet.
Will I be required to do homework?
No. Not required. Districts cannot mandate homework during an emergency closure. However, it’s critical that you stay academically active during this time to ensure you meet graduation requirements and in some cases college admission requirements.
How will my grades be determined for this semester?
Guidance from the State Superintendent includes holding students harmless. In other words, your final grade can be no lower than it was when school closed on March 13, 2020 even if you do not participate in the education program offered during the closure. In the event you were not passing a class as of March 13, 2020, you will be given every opportunity to earn a passing grade. Stay in close touch with your teachers and counselor.
Does the Education Code pursuant to grades still apply during the closure?
Yes. ARTICLE 3. General Provisions [49062 - 49069.7]. The key points are as follows:
(a) When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a school district, the grade given to each pupil shall be the grade determined by the teacher of the course and the determination of the pupil’s grade by the teacher, in the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final.
(b) The governing board of the school district and the superintendent of such district shall not order a pupil’s grade to be changed unless the teacher who determined such grade is, to the extent practicable, given an opportunity to state orally, in writing, or both, the reasons for which such grade was given and is, to the extent practicable, included in all discussions relating to the changing of such grade.
Does the work I am doing now go towards my final grade?
Yes. As noted above, your final grade can be no lower than it was when school closed on March 13, 2020 even if you don't participate in the education program offered during the closure. We understand that some of you may have family/child care or other responsibilities given the hardship caused by this pandemic and may be unable to participate in the education program. But if you do participate in the education program, you can improve your grade.
Who do I contact if I have questions about grades?
Start with your teacher. Then your principal. For general questions about grading practices and district policies email Dr. Kemp in Education Services.
Will summer school be offered?
Summer School is currently scheduled to begin on June 1. But now that the schools will remain closed until at least June 19, we will implement an virtual alternative to summer school, including credit-recovery options for high school students. Stay tuned for more details by following the Summer School & Beyond FAQ.
How can I share my concerns regarding school closures?
Join the ThoughtExchange, which is crowdsourcing technology designed to collect your thoughts. It reveals themes and interests that emerge from you and your fellow students. It is a great opportunity for you to be heard and to hear the thoughts of your peers. The questions and ideas generated by the exchanges are utilized to populate this FAQ as well as to inform the Board of Education and other decision-makers.
So far 534 Seniors have joined the current exchange which asked, "What would you like to see the District do for graduation?" The primary theme that has emerged is that Seniors want to participate in a tradtional graduation ceremony when it's safe to congregate large groups of people again. The exchange is open until midnight, April 11.
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