COVID-19 Latest Updates and Resources
Dear students and families,
First, I hope that you are doing well and staying healthy. This is certainly not how we planned to finish the school year and I know there are many circumstances making it very hard to engage in online learning. Over the past weeks, we have distributed Chromebooks to families and hotspots for internet service to provide access to teacher created online classes. Our teachers have done an incredible job adapting to an online environment, learning new online teaching tools and ways to support students from afar. They have poured countless hours creating classes that are engaging and prepare students for future learning. We also know that not all students thrive in an online setting and for this reason have created an option for some paper-based courses in English and Science. These packets will be available to students who complete the following steps:
Complete the attached survey
Have a conversation with GES staff to determine if: A) This is the best option for the specific learning circumstances; and, B) We have the course packet that meets their need for credit towards graduation.
While we believe that the online classes are the best option for most students, these course packets will be offered as independent studies and available for curbside pick-up this week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at our building.
In consideration of the current limitations, we have also made some changes to our grading policy. You can see an overview of the Remote Learning Grading Policy posted on our website. Students will need to show proficiency one time on each standard to earn credit in their courses. They will also have the option to choose to earn “credit only” instead of a letter grade if they would like. Letter grades impact a student’s GPA, while the credit only option will show the course is passed on their transcript without a letter grade. Both options meet the DPS graduation requirements. If a student pursues the course packet option, they will automatically opt-in to this credit/no credit option and will not earn a letter grade.
We hope these changes support success and learning during this challenging time. Please continue to reach out to your teachers and advocates for support. If you need to reach me directly, please call me at (720) 509-9417.