Distance Learning

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

Dear Parents/Guardian,

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.

VSHS/VJH Rubric - 4th Quarter