School System Updates May 7th

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS: As you know, Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that all Maryland public schools will remain CLOSED through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 


ONLINE LEARNING/LEARNING PACKETS UPDATE: Please know that the online learning materials (for May 4th-15th and through the end of the school year) may contain new learning in some of the content areas, and the learning packets will also have new learning in some of the content areas to match the online learning. This new learning is allowed per the MSDE if it addresses the Continuity of Learning directions, which were identified to be the most critical standards students need to have in preparation for their next course in a sequence.  Supervisors are working with their content teams to determine how this new learning will be accomplished.  They have been given some flexibility in the number of pages allowed and they are working with their teachers on providing clear instructions for parents/students, as well as guided instruction to the extent possible. If a parent has a specific content area question or needs assistance, he/she should contact his/her child's teacher during a scheduled office hour or via email. A parent may also choose to contact a content supervisor via email for any questions or clarification needed.  ACPS content supervisor listed below:


GRADING UPDATE FOR GRADES K-11: School districts are permitted to make local decisions about grades.  Some districts are selecting a Pass-Fail (P-) or Pass-Incomplete (P-I) option.  The ACPS is electing to award grades.  In some cases it may be necessary to award an incomplete (I) to a student in grades K-11 in the short term if the student DID NOT participate in any form of online learning or pick up a learning packet. However, students will be given the opportunity to complete the work if they are given an Incomplete. In addition, ACPS will release their grade reporting information for grades K-11 as soon as the MSDE provides feedback that it has been approved. 


Students who are enrolled in advanced courses such as Honors, AP, and early college will earn the weighted grades/credits as normal.


UPDATE FOR SENIORS: Principals and teachers received the grading requirements for the 4th marking period and the grading window timeline for seniors. Seniors will conclude the continuity of learning via the online platform or learning packets on Friday, May 15, 2020. Online assignments are due before midnight on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Currently, the MSDE is still NOT allowing the collection of learning packets. Parents are encouraged to photograph the weekly graded assignments from the learning packets and send the photographs to the teacher or principal via email. Please make sure that the student’s name and school are visible in the photographs. Any parent of a SENIOR who is unable to photograph and send the weekly graded assignments via the learning packets should contact the school principal no later than Monday, May 18, 2020.  Principals will be contacting seniors regarding pick up for yearbooks and graduation materials. Information will be forthcoming regarding graduation plans.


Parents are reminded to consider completing the survey about online learning. The survey will close on Friday, May 8, 2020. Click here to complete the survey.


UPDATE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES K-11: As previously reported, the ACPS has submitted a waiver to the MSDE to waive five (5) school days for students per the direction of the MSDE. Once the waiver has been approved, information on the last school day for students will announced.


The ACPS submitted the Continuity of Learning Plan to the MSDE.  The plan contained seven required sections, including grading and accountability. The MSDE plans to review each plan and provide feedback, as needed.  The ACPS, in coordination with the MSDE, will continue to provide more information about the continuity of learning, grading, and the final grade-reporting window over the next few weeks.


Additionally, the MSDE will be providing guidance to school districts for a recovery plan that will help districts determine how to move forward with the collection and/or distribution of items. More information will be forthcoming as plans are finalized and guidance and approval is received from MSDE.


Published 5/7/20