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Dear RCS Parents & Students,

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, responding to continuing challenges caused by the COVID-19 school closure, the North Carolina State Board of Education met and approved measures addressing student grading for the remainder of the school year.

Under a temporary grading policy approved by the State Board, elementary and middle school students will not receive traditional grades for the year, and high school students in grades 9-11 will have the option of choosing between a grade of pass/no credit or a numeric grade for their spring semester courses this year.

The grading policy for the current year will allow high school students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating seniors to choose which option is in their best interest under remote instruction since schools were closed March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students also will have the option of receiving a grade of pass for the semester, based on their course grade as of March 13. Students who were not passing as of that date will be able to raise their grade to a pass or a passing numeric grade.

State Board Chairman Eric Davis said the grading policy is intended to support all the state’s students facing many differing circumstances since mid-March, when schools were closed and students began remote learning.

In middle schools, students will receive a grade of pass or “withdraw” for the final course grades for all courses. A student’s grade will be held harmless for learning after March 13, and a grade of pass will be assigned to any student who was meeting expectations and passing the course as of March 13 or who worked to improve to the point of passing after March 13 through remote learning.

Under the policy, a “withdraw/WC19” does not equate to a failing grade, nor does it indicate that a student should be retained or that the course must be repeated. The grade WC19 simply indicates a lack of evidence of mastery of standards addressed in the particular content area. We will work with our middle school teachers to determine what equates to mastery in a particular content area.

For high school students, the grading policy means they will be held harmless for their remote learning since March 13 and that they can only improve their numeric grade if they choose that option. Students will be able to choose how each final course grade will appear on their transcript at the end of the semester after consulting with their teacher and school and also in consultation with their parent or guardian. For students who choose a grade of “pass” or no credit, there will be no impact on their GPA, either for spring semester or year-long courses. Students will be given the opportunity via an online form to identify their preference of numeric grade or pass/withdraw on their transcript. Those who do not inform RCS of their preference by May 22 will be given a Pass (PC19) or Withdraw (WC19) on their transcript.

We appreciate your continued support of our distance learning efforts. Our teachers have worked hard and will continue to provide online lessons for our students. Please continue to encourage your student(s) to log in and complete assignments daily. Students should continue to do their best during this time and should reach out to their teachers if they have any questions. Our main focus is to make sure all of our students are prepared for the next grade level and/or post-secondary education.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

RCS Administration

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Hello Grade 9-11 High School Parents and Students,

The State Board of Education, as many of you know, recently provided grading guidance for students in kindergarten through 11th grade. First, RCS knows that this is a difficult time for our families, and it will now be compounded with difficult choices for you to make. RCS is still committed to providing instruction for our students to help ensure they do not decline and continue to grow academically. Teachers continue to work diligently, putting plans in place to address RCS students’ educational needs. We thank you for working with and supporting the school during this time of uncertainty.

The guidelines presented by the state give students in grades 9 through 11 an opportunity to make a choice in how their grades appear on their high school transcripts. Due to RCS being a traditional, yearlong, scheduled school, there are slight differences from semester-scheduled classes.

Students can choose a numeric, letter grade or a pass/withdraw option to appear on their transcript as a result of their learning as of March 13. As mentioned before, teachers are committed to continuing instruction for all students, so students who were not passing a course still have the opportunity to improve as we finish the year.

-For all year long courses, students will get a half credit for each semester.

-All year long courses will receive a numeric, letter grade for the Fall. This accounts for half of the course credit.

-For the Spring portion of the grade, if students choose the numeric, letter grade option, the letter grade and associated quality points will be placed on their transcript. This will account for half the course credit, if the student gets a passing grade.

-For the Spring portion of the grade, if a student chooses the PC19/WC19 option, then “pass” or “withdraw” will be placed on their transcript and there will be no GPA impact for the spring portion of the course.

-With the PC19/WC19 option for spring, PC19 will receive a half credit toward graduation. WC19 will not receive any credits toward graduation.

-Grades for students who took Fall semester courses via PCC or NCVPS have already been posted on their transcript prior to the impact of COVID-19.

-We are still in the process of receiving guidance from the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) as to how it will report yearlong and spring semester grades for students.

-Students enrolled in PCC courses will receive communication from PCC concerning their collegiate transcripts. Those courses will be added to the transcript via direction from PCC.

Each RCS teacher will send a form to students in grades 9-11 on May 11 for families to report their preference of the numeric, letter grade or pass/withdraw option for each enrolled course. A decision must be made for each course and reported by 3 p.m. on May 22.

Students will receive their grade from the Fall semester on their transcript whether they earned a PC19 or WC19 for the Spring Semester

-If a student failed semester 1, he/she will receive an F on the transcript and receive 0 quality points.

-If a student passed semester 1, he/she will get the earned grade and quality points associated with the course and grade.

RCS knows this is a lot of information, which requires careful consideration. Students, in consultation with their parents and teachers, are asked to confirm a decision by 3 p.m. on May 22. If a choice is not made by May 22, RCS will place a PC19/WC19 on your student’s transcript. RCS staff is available to answer questions, but the final decision rests with students and their families. Best wishes, and thank you all.

Mr. Bryant

Follow this link for a presentation of this information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3ocXOagOYk

The following link provides additional information on calculating your student's GPA: https://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/gpa-covid-19/54492676/?s=D6H7qT&ref=app