3rd Trimester Grading & Promotion Decisions

The following information applies to students in pre-K through grade 5 during the 2019-20 school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the need to transition to remote learning has created unprecedented challenges as it relates to providing equitable learning opportunities for all students. During this challenging and stressful time, it is important that we act in the best interest of children.

Our procedures for determining 3rd trimester grades and grade level promotion decisions are noted below. These procedures have been designed to preserve the integrity of an academic program our staff and students have invested so heavily in. The best way we can properly recognize the stress and anxiety that has encompassed our school community is to assure no undo harm to students and to affirm that our report cards accurately and equitably reflect and support student learning.

Important notes about 3rd trimester reporting procedures

  • The most important thing students and parents need to know is that students will be held harmless for circumstances beyond their control during the period of remote learning.
  • Without typical end of year individual student assessment and evaluation, it is imprudent for our teachers to indicate whether a student is able to demonstrate grade level skills with support, independently or with mastery. Consequently our report cards will indicate that skills are not assessed at this time.
  • Teachers will provide a narrative comment based on participation and evidence of learning provided during the period of remote learning (March 16 through June 11).
  • As parents/guardians have supported remote learning assignments for the entire third trimester, progress reports will NOT be provided for the 3rd trimester assignments. If you have a question about your child’s participation and/or evidence of learning, please contact your child’s teacher.
  • The emphasis for students will be on learning course material and demonstrating evidence of understanding. Participation in class discussion and Google Meets is important.
  • Patience and understanding for the unique circumstances caused by the pandemic is critical. Flexibility for students in meeting deadlines and completing assignments will be a priority up until final grades are closed on June 11, 2020.

Important notes about grade level promotion decisions

  • No child will be retained solely on performance, participation or work submitted between March 16 and the close of school this June.
  • Per the BPCSD BOE Policy, grade promotion decisions will be at the discretion of the school administration. The building leader will be guided by: performance in class, past records, including various measures of student growth; recommendations from parents/persons in parental relation, teachers and any other sources of information.
  • Teachers and/or building leaders will contact parents/persons in parental relation at the earliest possible time to discuss retention recommendations.