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SRVUSD Remote Learning Message
Posted 4/3/20

As we enter into Spring Break, we want to update you on the next phase of our Remote Learning Continuity Plan.  Upon our return, the focus of student learning will change from review and reinforcement of previously taught material to the teaching of new material that aligns with  the essential standards and will allow students to move to the next grade level. In this new remote learning environment, students are best served when teachers are able to exercise their expertise to choose the online learning platform and schedule that best aligns with their students’ needs. Therefore, you will see flexibility from classroom to classroom in the SRVUSD.

 

In an effort to consolidate resources and streamline efforts to locate remote learning information, we are looking forward to releasing Remote Learning Continuity Plan webpages on the SRVUSD website that will support teachers and families with online learning resources. Look for our communication at the end of Spring Break for more details on this and all the specifics about your students’ participation in remote learning through May 1st.  Should our school closure be extended beyond May 1st, we will communicate that with you. 

 

Student learning will be graded and assessed in this second phase as follows: 

  • For our elementary students in grades TK-5, grading for the semester two report card will continue unchanged.  Teachers will proceed with regular grading through Phase Two of the Remote Learning Continuity Plan.   

  • We have been carefully studying guidance from universities regarding high school grading, and it is clear that students will not be penalized for missing traditional standardized tests or for receiving Pass/No Mark grades for Spring Semester 2020.  Some of the clearest explanations of these assurances have come from the University of California and California State University systems, as well as from Harvard and Stanford Universities.  

  • SRVUSD middle and high school students will shift to a Pass/No Mark grade reporting system for 4th quarter and second semester grades.  This decision was made after consultation with university admissions officials, guidance from the California Department of Education, and with careful input from teachers, principals, and District instructional and administrative staff.  We also know that we are aligned with other high performing school districts throughout the region, including the Palo Alto Unified School District and Acalanes Union High School District in implementing this system. Moving to Pass/No Mark reporting will benefit our middle and high school students without negative consequences for students with collegiate aspirations because the Pass and No Mark scores do not affect students’ grade point averages (GPAs).   Third quarter progress report grades are not part of a student record, however, they will be published later this month. 

We know that instruction, assessment and student learning across the country will look different during our period of remote learning.  We also understand that remote learning will not wholly replace in-class instruction. Nonetheless, we aim to provide quality and meaningful work while maintaining reasonable expectations for our students, teachers and parents during this extraordinary time.   

 

We thank all of our employees, parents, and the Board of Education for their patience and flexibility as we make this shift into remote learning.  Please look for our detailed communication regarding the next phase of our Remote Learning Continuity Plan at the end of Spring Break week.