April 13, 2020
I hope you are doing well and enjoyed a pleasant weekend. As you know, last week the Governor announced that all Missouri schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. In light of this decision, I want to update you regarding how we will handle the evaluation of online student assignments and 4th Quarter Report Cards as a result.
How will my student(s) online learning be reflected on their 4th Quarter Report Card?
As we moved toward complete online learning, our teachers identified the specific learning standards that are necessary for completing this current grade-level and/or necessary as a foundation for the next grade-level. These are the priority standards we are focusing on in the remainder of 4th Quarter.
Typically, our report card consists of a numeric scale of 1 - 4. For the 4th Quarter Report Card we will not be using this 1 - 4 scale. Instead, we will provide a narrative statement describing your child’s progress on the priority standards we focused on for the 4th Quarter. This approach will be consistent for grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade.
Will my student(s) be in “trouble” or retained for not completing the online assignments?
I have had several families ask this question. The simple answer is “No”. Our staff will continue to reach out and offer support to you and your child during this time. However, your child will not be in “trouble” and a child will not be retained due to not completing an online assignment. The purpose of our online assignments is to continue student learning during this difficult time and for teachers to offer feedback to students in an effort to continue to move each student forward.
Why should my student(s) continue to complete their online learning assignments?
The concept of “learning loss” is very real. Students typically experience “learning loss” during an extended period of time without continuing their learning. Summer is often a prime opportunity for “learning loss”, which is why we encourage students to continue to read, practice math facts, or attend summer learning programs. Our goal in providing online learning during this difficult time is to minimize “learning loss” and position our students (despite the circumstances) to be prepared for future learning experiences.
As I shared, we have reduced the number of lessons each week in an effort to balance family stress with continued student learning. New lessons will be available each Wednesday via itsLearning. Thank you for your partnership as we support our students in continued learning during the remainder of this school closure.
In other news, Friday, April 17th is still a “No School” Day as a result of teachers working during the evenings of the Spring Parent - Teacher Conferences. If you would like for your child to continue their learning routine on Friday or give them the day “off” - that decision is up to you. However, please know that school staff will not be available for individual emails, help emails, or phone calls on this day. The district Tech Support Line will also not be accessible.