The school year ends early on Friday, May 22! Read important details about 4th quarter and final grades.
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Good evening, Catawba County Schools families,
As you know, last week, Governor Cooper closed schools for in-person learning for the remainder of this school year. He also said that our next school year is going to look different. We don’t know what that means yet, but we do know that next year is going to be challenging and we need to be well prepared.
We decided to end the school year a week early for students on Friday, May 22, 2020. That gives our teachers another week of workdays to begin planning for our next school year and to work on their professional development. It is also one less week our students (and parents!) have to work on At-Home Learning, which will likely be welcomed news by both students and parents. However, because we know that next year is going to be challenging on multiple levels, we need our students to continue to be engaged for the last three weeks of school to have a strong foundation for next year’s challenges.
Based on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) guidance, we are not giving fourth-quarter grades. Final grades will be calculated in different ways depending on the student’s grade level so please be sure to keep reading.
IMPORTANT: All of your hard work during the At-Home Learning (AHL) period still counts! Students have the opportunity to improve their 3rd quarter grades with the work they have done during the AHL period. Teachers will average the AHL grades into students’ 3rd quarter grades. If the AHL work improves their student’s grade, their 3rd quarter grade will be changed to reflect the higher grade. However, if the AHL work does not improve the grade, then the student’s 3rd quarter grade will remain.
For example, Sally has an 89 (B) in math at the end of the 3rd quarter. Her teacher averages all of her hard work during the AHL period and she brings her grade up to a 92 (A). Sally’s teacher will change her 3rd quarter grade to a 92 (A).
Another example: Mary has a 92 (A) in math at the end of the 3rd quarter. Her teacher averages her AHL learning work into her 3rd quarter grade and now it is an 89 (B). Mary’s teacher will keep her grade as a 92 (A) for the 3rd quarter so Mary is not penalized for the AHL and COVID-19 challenges.
Different grade levels have specific details about how final grades will be handled. Please click on the links below and read our letters to understand how your child(ren)’s grades will be affected.
We know that there is a lot of information to digest from this message. Please reach out to your teachers for clarification about your child’s specific situation. Thank you for all of your support during this very unusual time. We know all of you have your own challenges in dealing with COVID-19, in addition to also having the responsibility to help educate your children during this time. Please know that we appreciate you! And we miss you!
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction