WCSD: Students won’t be penalized with lower grades during COVID-19 distance learning

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Washoe students won’t receive grades lower than their marks as of April 1, Washoe County School District Superintendent Kristen McNeill announced Monday afternoon.

“We understand all families have different levels of need and access to materials and technology,” McNeill announced in an email and voicemail sent to school district parents shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. “This COVID crisis has posed challenges to many students and families, and WCSD will not penalize our students during this time.”

Although students will have the chance to improve their grades via Distance Learning and collaboration with their teachers, they will not receive a final letter grade lower than marks listed on the district’s Infinite Campus website as of April 1, 2020, which encompasses all schoolwork completed prior to spring break.

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The district is making efforts to help students currently with failing grades in any given subject.

“If a student is given an F, the teacher must demonstrate that every attempt has been made to contact and support the student during Distance Learning,” McNeill said. “The teacher will also work with the principal or other school administrator to make sure it is clearly understood why the student is not passing their class.”

The third phase of Distance Learning materials, scheduled to cover the final three weeks of May, will be online Tuesday evening. Printed copies of the materials will be distributed beginning Thursday, May 7.

“We will not cause any harm to our student’s academic progress, as we know how challenging this situation is for all of us,” McNeill said.

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