April 30, 2020
Good Afternoon Students and Families:
I would first like to thank you for the incredible work you have been doing to adapt to our new journey of learning through the at-home packages and/or online options.
This year has not been a normal school year for anyone especially for you and our teaching staff. I also recognize that our learning and life challenges have increased as a result of recent events in our society.
As we continue our efforts to learn and teach during this pandemic, teachers have modified their approach. They have adjusted their lessons and assignments to focus on key curriculum outcomes. Teachers have been responsive to individual students and circumstances and have been creative and student focused in their ability to change learning activities and assignments, and recognize learning in a variety of scenarios, such as work, as a way of demonstrating knowledge and skills in non-traditional ways.
As part of our continued efforts to support student learning, we also recognize that we need a framework for assessing the work of students up to the closures of schools, on March 13, 2020, and after that time.
Assessment and Evaluation
Please find included below highlights of the assessment approach that our teachers will be following:
- All students will receive an end of the year report card.
- Students who have an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individual outcomes.
- Students on-track to graduate will graduate and students on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time. During the pandemic, teachers and schools will continue to work with students to improve their marks.
- High school students will be assessed and evaluated on modified coursework that is completed to the best of their ability.
Students will not be penalized because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, school administrators and all education workers will continue to reach out and support students and families to the best of their ability.
- Students in Grades Primary to 8 will receive a Term 2 report card by mid-May. These report cards will be shared electronically through the student GNSPES accounts. They will also be emailed to the parent email addresses on file at each school. If the electronic option is not available, schools will be in contact with you to make other arrangements.
- Students in Grade 9 will receive a comment on their progress not a grade by mid-May.
- Students in Grades 10 to 12 will receive an interim grade that will be shared with students and families and will be communicated through PowerSchool no later than May 14, 2020.
For more information, please access a summary of the assessment guidelines at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_at_home.
Further to my email to you on April 28, 2020, and as a reminder, the province recently announced that schools will be closed until at least Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The closure will be reassessed as that date approaches.
Please remember that SRCE staff are here to help and support you. If you feel at-home learning is creating additional challenges, please do not hesitate at any time to reach out to our staff for support.
Stay safe and stay well.
Regional Executive Director of Education