Last night, our Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting via teleconference in order to follow California’s current physical distancing guidelines. Three agenda items dealt specifically with emergency school closures due to COVID-19; we’ve provided information about each item below. Item 8.1: Update on Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19 School Facility Closures We provided an overview of actions taken after the decision to close school facilities on March 13, 2020; . Slides four through seven review the road to reopening schools. Based on the information we have at the current moment, it will be safe for schools to return to normal operations when all the following have occurred: The California stay-at-home order has been lifted by the governor; The San Diego County stay-at-home and school closure orders have been lifted by the public health officer of San Diego County; The directive on physical distancing has been removed; and The limits on group gatherings have been lifted. The current public health order requiring the closure of school expires on April 30; the public health officer said recently to expect updated guidance on or around May 1. The San Diego County Office of Education has provided a guidance document to school districts (the document is linked within the slide deck above). The document advises that: Conditions are not likely to improve quickly enough to allow schools to resume operations during the 2019-20 school year. It is unlikely that traditional graduation ceremonies and promotion assemblies will be allowed by public health officials this summer. The Board of Trustees asked that staff develop alternative plans for graduation ceremonies. Our high school principals are working on that now, and we will share their recommendations with the Board of Trustees at our May 13, 2020 meeting. Item 8.2: Grading Policies and Procedures During Remote Online Learning As we last night, our Board of Trustees voted to approve the following temporary grading policy during school facility closures due to COVID-19: For grades TK through 5: elementary school end-of-year report cards will only reflect comments and feedback from teachers. No grades will be reported. For grades 6 through 8: middle school end-of-year report cards will reflect “credit” or “no credit.” No letter grades will be reported for semester 2. For grades 9 through 12: students will be able to choose one of the following for the current term: receive a traditional letter grade for all courses (with GPA weight); or receive “credit” or “no credit” for all courses (with no impact to GPA). We will work closely with high school teachers and counselors to determine how to implement this, and will provide more detail to students and families as soon as we are able to do so. Item 8.3: Emergency Resolution on Graduation / PromotionRequirements The Board of Trustees voted to approve to provide “maximum flexibility to respond to the emergency conditions for students, including but not limited to, modifying graduation and promotional requirements for individual students on a case by case basis.” Approval of this resolution gives the Superintendent or designee the ability to review each student individually and determine whether or not, due to extenuating circumstances during the COVID-19 school facility closures, it would be in the best interest of a student to waive a particular graduation requirement. This allows our District to maintain the same high standards for graduation while temporarily allowing flexibility for individual students based on a case-by-case basis. Thank you! Our Board would like to thank the members of our school communities, including parents, students, and other family members, who submitted feedback to the Board in advance of the meeting as part of the Public Comment process. Your feedback is helpful and appreciated. As always, all of our previous communications can be found on our website at .
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