The recent Covid-19 health crisis has us living and working quite differently these days. VCS is here to help you and your students navigate through these challenging times with easy to access learning modules designed to keep our students doing what they do best, learning.
VCS Distance Learning Grading_Friday, May 1, 2020
During this world pandemic, we understand that our students and families are confronted with a range of circumstances that may impact their participation in the educational opportunities we are offering. We encourage you to frequently check the VCS COVID-19 Landing Page for updates, resources and distance learning information. Please know that we will continue to make social connections with our students and engage them in the essential skills and learning in each course.
During the extended closure and COVID-19 pandemic, the District recognizes the need to approach grading and reporting differently. We are committed to developing a grading and reporting plan that gives every child the opportunity to demonstrate success. Keeping in mind our priority of addressing the whole-child and relying on the collective wisdom of VCS administrators, teachers, other regional school districts, NYSED guidance and principles of best assessment practices, the information below details our grading and reporting plan as a result of COVID-19.
PreK-6 Elementary Grading & Reporting Guidelines For the Final Instructional Period
The instructional period will conclude in June per the direction of the Governor. At that time, narrative comments will be generated by your child's classroom teacher and will include overall school year progress through March 13th as well as applicable comments regarding distance learning engagement. In the event that a student is not engaging in instruction, classroom teachers will work with building counselors and/or administrators to ensure that the student has the appropriate resources and abilities to access materials.
7-12 Secondary Grading and Reporting Guidelines for the 4th Quarter and Final Course Average
4th Quarter Grades
1. For all Project Lead The Way and Gemini Courses, traditional grading practices must proceed as required by the college for students to earn credit
2. For all other 7-12 courses
- The instructional period will conclude in June per the direction of the Governor.
- Teachers will utilize the Distance Learning Scoring Rubric when determining grades.
- Students will receive a “grade” of Pass Mastery (PM), Pass Proficiency (PP), Pass Developing (PD), or Incomplete (I). Students must complete assignments (evidence) to demonstrate their understanding of the essential learning outcomes for the course.
- Those students who earn an Incomplete (I) will be able to work with their teacher to resubmit evidence demonstrating an understanding of the essential learning outcomes for the quarter and change the grade to a PM, PP, or PD.
- Assignment notations will be tracked in Schooltool. Parents can support their child's learning and progress by helping to ensure that students are completing their weekly assignments. We ask parents to be patient while teachers update Schooltool.
Regarding Final Course Grades
1. For all Project Lead The Way and Gemini Courses, traditional grading practices must proceed as required by the college for students to earn credit.
2. For all other 7-12 courses
- Students will receive a final “grade” of Pass (P) or Incomplete (I).
- Students who earn an Incomplete will have until the end of June to submit evidence demonstrating an understanding of the essential learning outcomes for the course and change the grade to a Pass.
- Students who earn an Incomplete in a credit bearing course may need to retake the course during a summer session or subsequent school year in order to receive credit and/or move onto the next course in a series.
- We are seeking to provide report card information to colleges for the 2019 - 2020 school year: Numeric average for Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Midterm, and Quarter 3 as well as narrative notations of Pass or Incomplete for Quarter 4 and Final Average Grades. Providing a holistic picture of academic achievement during the entire academic year will hopefully help students as they pursue future employment, college admission and/or scholarship endeavors. Our guidance staff has worked closely with colleges and universities to understand the academic information that may be requested as students strive toward post-graduation goals.
We understand that there are multiple perspectives in regards to grading and reporting. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to meet the needs of all of our students and families. Please reach out to us if you have questions. As always, we stand ready to support our students and families.
In order to continue to provide high quality instruction for Health and Physical Education, we are providing age appropriate online lessons (Distant Teaching/Learning) through Google Classroom (7-12) and Health/Fitness/Wellness Challenges and Worksheets (K-6). Please visit the Victor Central School Health & Physical Education Landing Page for specific details, and contact your specific Health and/or Physical Education Teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
Victor Blue Devils Website
Guidance for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities during Statewide School Closures due to Coronavirus (New York State Education Department-NYSED)
As the school closure extends to April 29, 2020, the district will continue to ensure that any materials posted on virtual or remote platforms are accessible to all students including students with disabilities.
Special education teachers will continue to maintain close communication with students and their families in regards to the instructional support they will be providing for distance learning based on the student’s individualized education program (IEP) to the greatest extent possible. During this emergency closure, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner that was previously provided.
Telepractice for Related Services
"Telepractice" is providing service that is not “in person” and is delivered through the use of technology. Such technology may include, but is not limited to: telephone, telefax, email, internet, or videoconference.
Related Service Providers will communicate with families on how services will be provided through telepractice in regards to the structure of the lesson and the frequency and duration that will occur.
During the time period the school district is closed pursuant to NYS Governor Executive Order, school districts are not required to amend students’ IEPs if continuing the provision of related services via telepractice as part of a school closure recommendation.
CSE Annual Review Meetings
Committees are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. When conducting Committee meetings, the parent of a student with a disability and a school district may agree to use alternative means of meeting participation requirements, such as video conferences and conference calls.
Due to the extended closure, the district would like to move forward with scheduled annual review meetings and will be in contact with families to see if they would like to hold the CSE meeting. Once the meeting is scheduled, parents will be emailed a copy of the draft IEP and a copy of the procedural safeguards with the Prior Written Notice (PWN) prior to the meeting.
Evaluations and Reevaluations
Evaluations and reevaluations are currently postponed. This process will be re-evaluated if school building closures are extended through May and June.
Please Contact us with any questions:
Sheila McCarthy Interim Director of Special Education
Julie Bitley Assistant Director of Special Education
Success During a Time of Continued Challenge
Please take a look at this LifePrep story featured today on Naz's homepage on the bottom "News" half of the landing page. It also can be found here: https://www2.naz.edu/news/archive/2020/April/588/lifeprep-naz-students-stay-the-course-with-virtual-learning.
A couple of special Thanks Yous to:
Melyssa Mantell (LifePrep's teacher) who helped make this video happen and who hasn't missed a beat in the education and preparation of our LifePrep students.
Julie Long for taking a summary of LifePrep's current status and taking the time to transpose it into a news article.
Ted Caimbore and Kathleen Rhyde (Arc of Monroe) who are also featured in this screenshot and who continue to support our students on these daily Zoom meetings.
VCS Flexible Plan For Instructional Continuity – Parent Resource
This document is to help communicate instructional expectations as we prepare to
provide distance learning opportunities to our students during a prolonged closure.
Distance learning provides educational opportunities for students who are not
physically present in school. While nothing can replicate the classroom experience
where teachers are consistently engaging st udents, our distance learning
experiences have been designed to maintain the learning and skill acquisition of our
students while providing instructional continuity for as long as schools may be
As you read through this document, you will see multiple ways in which we plan to
support students’ well-being and academic progress.
- Support From Classroom Teachers
- Support From Special Education Teacher, Related Service Providers and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Support From Our Technology Department
- Support From Counselors and Psychologists
- Support From Librarians
- Support From Our Food Services Department
- Support for Child Care
- Helpful Learning Links For Parents
- Inquiry: Stories with Mr. Schmidt
- Assessment Update March 20, 2020
- AP Assessment Update April 5, 2020
Instruction at the elementary level will focus on meeting ELA and
Math standards. Teachers will aim to provide a maximum of 2 hours of class work a
day. Extra curricular courses will post resources for parents to access on the
As for the secondary level, we will be mindful about the volume of work per class,
per week. Credit bearing classes leading to graduation requirements and Advanced
Placement/IB courses will receive priority in terms of teacher attention and
supplemental instruction. Teachers instructing these courses may need to assign
additional work or practice tests as the teacher deems necessary
While our hope is that all students will access instruction through
varied modes of distance learning, we may have students that will encounter
learning gaps during the closure period. Thus, there are no district/classroom
assessment requirements for secondary and elementary levels at this time.
At the secondary level, accountability for any completed work will not look the same
as when we are typically in session. Given the dramatic shift in teaching and
learning, secondary teachers should focus on the use of feedback and virtual
interaction/discussion to monitor student learning.
Updated guidance regarding the Elementary and Intermediate level testing schedule
as well as Regents, AP/IB exams will be shared when information is released by the
State Education Department.
Assessment Update March 20, 2020
3-8 Elementary and Intermediate Level State Assessments
The administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year.
This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following New York State testing programs:
- New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
- New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
- New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
- New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
Advanced Placement (AP) Assessments
The 2020 AP exam administration has changed. As of today, traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Instead, AP is in the development of a new at-home testing option. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. At that time, AP will also unlock test questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Free remote learning resources are linked here.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Assessments
At this time, IB has not released guidance regarding the May 2020 examination session. We are anticipating guidance no later than March 27, 2020. They are constantly updating their FAQs and we encourage students and families to check this information regularly.
Here's what students need to know about the 2019-2020 AP Exam administration. For more information about this year's exam administration, including details about exam dates, times and tasks please click here. Students should also review the AP FAQ page.
AP Exam Schedules
- Monday, May 11th
- Tuesday, May 12th
- Wednesday, May 13th
- Thursday, May 14th
- Friday, May 15th
- Monday, May 18th
- Tuesday, May 19th
- Wednesday, May 20th
- Thursday, May 21st
- Friday, May 22nd
- Exam Length, Structure, and Format
- Courses with Portfolio Submissions
- Exam Timing and Tasks
- Taking the Exam
- The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
- AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.
- Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
- Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required.
The following courses will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET:
- 2-D Art and Design
- 3-D Art and Design
- Computer Science Principles (note: this portfolio submission is best done on a laptop)
Elementary teachers are expected to communicate with families
and students on a consistent basis. This communication will be in the form of letters
posted on teacher’s website or the online communication platforms already in use.
At the secondary level, teachers will provide consistent updates to Google Classroom or
their websites. Teachers will communicate what students need to know and work
on. Secondary teachers will post all instructions, assignments, and learning
materials to these platforms.
All classroom teachers will be available to review and respond to student and family
questions and inquiries via District provided e-mail or other communication tools
during the workday. We encourage you to contact your classroom teacher if needs
or concerns arise.
Special Education teachers, related service providers and ESOL teachers will be
available remotely during school hours. These teachers will collaborate with
co-teachers and will communicate with students and families on instructional
materials/resources. If a special education teacher teaches a self-contained class,
they will provide the instruction/work for that subject.
The technology department will be working and providing support during the school
closure. Please contact your teacher if you experience any difficulties accessing our
learning materials, online resources or websites. All efforts will be made to quickly
contact you to resolve any technology concerns.
Counselors, and psychologists will be available remotely during school hours. They
will continue providing services to their caseloads. Please alert school counselors
and/or psychologists if your child experiences difficulty and may require additional
assistance. Counselors and psychologists will work with the administration to
communicate with families and support students getting the help they need.
This is an important update from Victor Central Schools regarding our ongoing food service operations. Victor Central Schools recognizes the importance of access to meals and proper nutrition during this time of school closure. In order to continue to provide this access and also comply with the Governor's directive to reduce staffing to the greatest extent possible, the District will be providing meal distribution services on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning tomorrow, Wednesday March 25th. Families will receive the same amount of food as we are currently providing, but more meals will be provided each day. Monday's pick-up will contain the cold meals for Tuesday, and Wednesday's pick-up will contain the cold meals for the remainder of the week. We are striving to maintain the continuity of this valuable service while also being mindful of the need to reduce the number of interactions between individuals in order to minimize the potential for exposure.
There will be a Victor School Bus with our food service staff, distributing meals between noon and 1 p.m.
Locations are the following:
Primary School (parent drop off location )
Finger Lakes Race Track
If you do not have transportation or a way to get to any of the distribution sites, please call the food service department at 585-924-3252 extension 6470 and we will make sure a meal is made available to you.
If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete the survey linked below. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care that they need.
Direct Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HSNNYJ
The list of regional childcare facilities can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Wqu3FQ
These are challenging times for all of us. Given that, we have taken some time to organize a variety of resources that may be of help to you. You will find links (in red) and brief comments about the resources we selected below.
- AP Review Courses
- Bedtime Math
- DOGO Media
- Khan Academy
- Math Celebrity
- National Geographic
- Publication: USA Today
- Publication: Democratic & Chronicle
- Rochester Museum and Science Center
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Storyline Online
- Teaching Kids News
- Free Exercise and Yoga Videos from the YMCA
- The Daily Burn
- 12 Famous Museums With Virtual Tours
- 12 Historic Sites You Can Virtually Tour
- 63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff
Introduce math as a fun part of children’s daily routine, as common
and beloved as the bedtime story. Bedtime Math provides free apps, books and printable activity pages. The platform is targeted toward children age 2 through elementary school.
Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.
Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
Need help with your math homework? The next time you get stuck on a math problem and want to learn step by step how to solve it, use Math Celebrity. Plug the problem in and see how to solve it. Get the answer and see where you went wrong.
Educational resources offered by RMSC. Fun science activities that you can do at home. Make sure to check back often and follow RMSC on social media for new content.
These resources are organized by grade bands (K-6). Four creative and interactive activities are included for each day. Students can easily complete these activities independently without adult guidance. Do be sure to ask to see their creations after they finish.
The Screen Actors Guild’s award-winning children’s literacy website, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. This is a great site for our youngest learners. There are also activity guides included.
Eric Yuan, founder of Zoom, for making that video conferencing platform available with no cost to schools. If students do not have a computer at home, they can call in on their phones to access the conference auditorily. Zoom is very highly rated by PC Magazine and is quickly becoming very popular in education and other business circles.
Maker of fully connected, high-end stationary bicycles and treadmills, is offering 90-days free on its app. The app can be used with any bike or tread, and the offerings also include floor workouts, yoga and meditation classes.
Since we can’t go visit the fantastic museums right now, we should be sure to take these virtual tours with the youngsters in our lives. Don’t forget to use an atlas to identify the locations you visit.
Yellowstone National Park, The Great Wall of China, Yosemite National Park, San Diego Zoo, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Sistine Chapel, and more tours are included. Once again, do not forget the geography component perhaps even sketch a world map that displays the site locations.
Resources for Students While Not in School:
- Stress and Anxiety
- How to Talk to your Kids about the COVID-19 Virus
- Local Resources
- Food Support
- National Resources and Lifelines
- Updates on COVID-19
- Making the most of COVID-19 School Closures
- Care for Caregivers
A note on stress/anxiety:
If you are feeling anxious and stressed, you are not alone – many families are experiencing higher than normal stress and anxiety levels right now.
- Breathe deeply: See JustBreathe for tips on how to relieve stress through slow, deep breathing. Take five slow, deep breaths right now and feel yourself calm down.
- Practice staying in the present moment: Worrying will not change or help the situation; try meditation or guided imagery. Use the CALM app to guide you.
- Use Cognitive-Behavioral skills: Remember, how you think affects how you feel and how you behave. If you are having a negative thought (e.g., “I might get sick.”), change it to a positive (e.g., “I will stay healthy by taking good self-care and practicing good infection control practices.”). Repeat these positive thinking statements several times a day.
- Stay active: Physical activity can help relieve stress. Even short walks can help.
- Talk to someone: Tell an adult family member or friend how you are feeling. Please see the following resources if fears and anxiety begin to interfere with your functioning.
- If you have an urgent mental health concern for the safety of a student, please contact 911 or the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) Mobile Crisis Unit at (315) 462-1080 or (585) 509-6606 immediately and they will send a counselor out to check on that person's well being.
Child Mind Institute
National Association of School Psychologists
Rochester Center for Youth:
Homeless, temporary & transitional housing
Crisis nursery services
And much more
905 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY 14620
Ontario County Mental Health Center:
Experiencing a mental health emergency?
CPEP Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program https://www.co.ontario.ny.us/1378/Emergency-Services
Ph: (585) 396-4363
Clifton Spring Hospital Mental Health Clinic:
If you have concerns regarding your safety or the safety of others, please dial 911
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
2-1-1/LIFE LINE - Program
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
422/500 S Clinton Avenue
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotline hours: Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
(800) 662-4357 (24 hour mental health hotline)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
Hotline hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Recursos para estudiantes mientras no están en la escuela
- el estrés / ansiedad
- Recursos locales
- Recursos nacionales y líneas de vida
- Actualizaciones en COVID-19:
- Cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre el virus COVID-19:
- Aprovechar al máximo los cierres de escuelas de COVID-19
Una nota sobre el estrés / ansiedad:
- Si se siente ansioso y estresado, no está solo: muchas familias están experimentando niveles de estrés y ansiedad más altos de lo normal en este momento.
- Respira profundamente: consulta JustBreathe para obtener consejos sobre cómo aliviar el estrés mediante una respiración lenta y profunda. Tome cinco respiraciones lentas y profundas ahora mismo y sienta cómo se calma.
- Practique quedarse en el momento presente: la preocupación no cambiará ni ayudará a la situación; prueba la meditación o las imágenes guiadas. Use la aplicación CALM para guiarlo.
- Use habilidades cognitivas-conductuales: recuerde, cómo piensa que afecta cómo se siente y cómo se comporta. Si tiene un pensamiento negativo (p. Ej., "Podría enfermarme"), cámbielo a positivo (p. Ej., "Me mantendré sano si me cuido bien y practico buenas prácticas de control de infecciones"). Repita estas declaraciones de pensamiento positivo varias veces al día.
- Manténgase activo: la actividad física puede ayudar a aliviar el estrés. Incluso las caminatas cortas pueden ayudar.
- Hable con alguien: dígale a un familiar o amigo cómo se siente. Vea a continuación los siguientes recursos si los miedos y la ansiedad comienzan a interferir con su funcionamiento ...
- Si tiene una preocupación urgente de salud mental por la seguridad de un estudiante, comuníquese con el 911 o la Unidad móvil de crisis del Programa de Emergencia Psiquiátrica (CPEP) al (315) 462-1080 o (585) 509-6606 de inmediato y le enviarán un consejero para verificar el bienestar de esa persona.
Centro de Rochester para la juventud:
Personas sin hogar, viviendas temporales y de transición.
Servicios de vivero de crisis
Y mucho más
905 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY 14620
Centro de salud mental del condado de Ontario:
¿Tienes una emergencia de salud mental?
Programa de emergencia psiquiátrica integral de CPEP (https://www.co.ontario.ny.us/1378/Emergency-Services
Tel .: (585) 396-4363
Clifton Spring Hospital Clínica de Salud Mental
Si tiene dudas sobre su seguridad o la seguridad de otros, marque 911
Salud mental y prevención del suicidio
2-1-1 / LIFE LINE - Programa
Buena voluntad de los Finger Lakes
422/500 S Clinton Avenue
Armario de comida Victor / Farmington
Línea de vida nacional para la prevención del suicidio
La Alianza Nacional sobre Enfermedades Mentales (NAMI):
Horario de atención: de lunes a viernes de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m.
Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Abuso de Sustancias (SAMHSA):
(800) 662-4357 (línea directa de salud mental las 24 horas)
Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental (NIMH):
Horario de atención: de lunes a viernes, de 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m. est
Línea de texto de crisis
Envía un mensaje de texto HOME al 741741 desde cualquier lugar de los Estados Unidos, en cualquier momento, sobre cualquier tipo de crisis.
Línea de vida nacional para la prevención del suicidio