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Resolution on Grading During COVID 19 School Closures

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WHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the Governor of California declared a State of

Emergency due to the outbreak and spread of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020 the Oxnard Union High School District closed schools to protect students and staff against the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Governor of California issued an executive order directing all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, with limited exception, until further notice; and

WHEREAS, due to safety concerns and the need for ongoing social distancing, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction declared that students will not return to school campuses before the end of the 2019-2020 school year; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to ensure the continuation of public education, to the greatest extent possible, while maintaining the health and safety of the students and staff; and

WHEREAS, the Board is committed to continued teaching and learning, including assessment and evaluation of work, through alternative means during this prolonged period of school closure; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that the Superintendent have the tools to ensure the health,

safety, and well-being of students, staff, and families on and off campuses, and to ensure the educational needs of all students are addressed through alternate locations or virtual learning environments;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that for only the Spring 2020 Term:

1. Teachers shall provide instruction using Distance Learning tools and resources.

2. The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with school administrators and teachers to develop and regularly review guidelines for Distance Learning participation, instruction and assignments.

3. Pursuant to Education Code 48205 and Board Policy 6154 – Homework students shall be given full credit for work satisfactorily completed and shall not be penalized for school closures.

4. Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5121 – Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement shall be suspended during the period of school closure.

5. During this extended closure, student grades on March 13 will be combined with improvement during Distance Learning through May 14 and an assessment of learning and participation during Distance Learning, from May 14 through June 5, to determine the final course grade, as follows;

6. Pass is equivalent to 70% or better according to a) student grades on March 13 b) combined with improvement during Distance Learning through May 14 and c) an assessment of learning and participation during Distance Learning, from May 14 through June 5. A grade of Pass meets the criteria for a UC/CSU a-g course.

7. Credit is equivalent to 60% or better according to a) student grades on March 13 b) combined with improvement during Distance Learning through May 14 and c) an assessment of learning and participation during Distance Learning, from May 14 through June 5. A grade of Credit meets the criteria for high school graduation only.

8. Students who do not participate in Distance Learning from May 14 through June 5 may receive an Incomplete and the course may be completed beginning Summer School 2020 through the end of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year through the District’s online credit recovery program.

9. Following the conclusion of the Spring 2020 Term, students may request a letter grade in place of a grade of Pass for any number of courses for 5 days after Distance Learning ends on June 5. This request must be acknowledged by parents and made to the Teacher through a District form from June 8 to June 13.

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