• The purpose of our Distance Learning Plan is to maintain relationships with students and families and provide a level of instruction and care that maintains the students’ current skills while providing reasonable learning opportunities for deeper depth of learning in essential content and exploratory and experiential opportunities in the arts and elective programming. During this distance learning journey, we will continue to provide a supportive and personalized environment in which students grow strong today, in preparation for tomorrow.

    Hold Harmless Grading Approach for K-5

    • A Hold Harmless approach will be in effect the entire time that Valley Park buildings are closed and the Distance Learning Plan is in place.  Grades as of March 12 will be the marking point for the beginning of Distance Learning.                                      
    • Teachers will continue to provide learning opportunities during Distance Learning.
    • Standards-based grading is a way to accurately communicate what students know and are able to do in relation to the end of the year.  Due to Distance Learning, there may not have been enough time for students to demonstrate their knowledge and application of some grade-level standards.
    • Due to the fact that we were at school for a total of 3 weeks during the 3rd trimester, teachers did not have the opportunity to fully teach and assess all standards.
    • A student’s 3rd-trimester grade cannot be lower than the grade they had prior to the beginning of Distance Learning.
    • If a grade-level standard was not covered during your child’s current class it will be left blank on the report card.  These standards will be covered when students return the next school year.
    • Student Report Cards will be mailed home the week of June 1.

    Hold Harmless Grading Approach for 6-8 Grades

    • ​A Hold Harmless approach will be in effect the entire time that Valley Park buildings are closed and the Distance Learning Plan is in place.
    • Teachers will continue to provide learning opportunities during Distance Learning.
    • A student’s semester grade cannot be lower than the grade they had based on assignments and assessments assigned prior to the beginning of Distance Learning.
      • ​Advanced Learning assignments can be used to improve the semester grade, but not lower the grade.  All advanced learning will be supported through a form of direct instruction via Zoom or flipped teaching.
      • Teachers will provide feedback through multiple methods, such as IC grades and emails.
        • Assignments not completed by students will be marked with an “I” for Incomplete/Partially done, “C” for Complete, and “M” for Missing/Not turned in. This will give parents feedback on the completion status of student work; however, it will not impact students’ grades.
      • If new learning opportunities impact a grade in a positive manner, they can be used as part of the semester grade. 
    • A student may receive an “I” incomplete for their semester grade in a class if the student had a failing grade before distance learning began and has not participated at all throughout distance learning.
    • ​Final Exams will not be administered for the Spring Semester 2020. 
    • Non-Academic Indicators like effort and conduct will not be marked for the 4th quarter.
    • No Progress Reports will be distributed this semester.  Parents are encouraged to track student performance through the Portal.
    • “Quarter 3” grade reports will mark students’ grades prior to the start of Distance Learning.  
    • Attendance will not factor into a student’s grade.
    • Spring Semester report cards will be available in Infinite Campus June 1.

    Hold Harmless Grading Approach for 9-12 Grades

    • ​A Hold Harmless approach will be in effect the entire time that Valley Park buildings are closed and the Distance Learning Plan is in place.
    • Teachers will continue to provide learning experiences during Distance Learning.
    • A student’s semester grade cannot be lower than the grade they had based on assignments and assessments assigned prior to the beginning of Distance Learning.
      • ​Advanced Learning assignments can be used to improve the semester grade, but not lower the grade.  All advanced learning will be supported through a form of direct instruction via Zoom or flipped teaching.
      • Teachers will provide feedback through multiple methods, such as IC grades and emails.
        • Assignments not completed by students will be marked with an “M” for Missing. This will give parents the feedback that the assignment has not been completed; it will not positively or negatively impact students’ grades.
        • Assignments that a teacher chooses to individually drop from a student’s grade will be marked as “DR” for dropped. The “DR” shows the score but doesn’t calculate the score into the final grade.  It also does a strikethrough to indicate that it is not actively impacting the grades.
      • If new learning opportunities impact a grade in a positive manner, they can be used as part of the semester grade. 
    • ​Final Exams will not be administered for the Spring Semester 2020. 
    • A student may receive an “I” incomplete for their semester grade in a class if the student had a failing grade before distance learning began and has not participated at all throughout distance learning,
    • Non-Academic Indicators like effort and conduct will not be marked for the 4th quarter.
    • No Progress Reports will be distributed this semester.  Parents are encouraged to track student performance through the Portal.
    • “Quarter 3” grade reports will mark students’ grades prior to the start of Distance Learning.
    • Attendance will not factor into a student’s grade.
    • Spring Semester report cards will be available in Infinite Campus on June 1.