I hope your extended holiday weekend was a relaxing, and that you and yours are both healthy and safe.
I want to provide the community on an update on how will we grade and/or assess student achievement during school closure. The California Department of Education (CDE) has reiterated that individual districts have the authority to determine our own course of action. We are monitoring guidance from the CDE, SDCOE, and neighboring districts to explore viable options and we are in the process of gathering data (current and historical) and input from staff. Our teachers have assessed student achievement for close to 70 percent of the school year. We are committed to creating a grading policy which is equitable and honors the work of our students and we do not believe that our elementary and secondary schools have to be aligned. Information will be released by Friday, April 24. Please continue encouraging your child to engage in provided Distance Learning experiences. Communicate specific concerns, limitations, and questions to your teacher - your feedback is invaluable.
Although he voiced his opinion that he believed they would be, the Governor of California has not issued an Executive Order to keep schools closed for the remainder of the year. We are planning for three scenarios: students returning in May, students returning in June, and school resuming in the Fall. We remain hopeful that our students may return this year; it is disheartening to imagine any other scenario. Regardless of learning environment, we are committed to our mission of connecting, challenging, and championing every child, every day.
As we continue to navigate these uncharted times, we will be clear and timely with communications. We will not sacrifice our responsibility of due diligence, data collection, input from shareholders, or guidance from public health officials by rushing into decisions which affect our school community.
The physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our students is a top priority. Uncertainty and isolation can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress. Please take good care of yourself and your loved loves. Reach out to our district staff, site counselors, the Coronado Police Department, or SAFE for resources and support.
We will get through this, together.