Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How was the decision made to close schools?
In regards to PYLUSD, the Board of Education has taken action to temporarily close all schools and offices. Schools and offices will be closed through June 11, 2020. During this time, the District will monitor circumstances around coronavirus (COVID-19) and determine if additional days or weeks may be needed beyond the initial closure.
Q: Will expanded learning (childcare), preschool, and before/after school programs continue during the District's temporary closure?
Q: Has the District launched online distance learning for all students?
Q: Why did PYLUSD transition to a choice model of Credit/Incomplete or “A-D”/Incomplete for high school students for the second semester reporting period of the 2019-2020 school year?
As a result, we will be moving forward with a choice model of Credit/Incomplete or “A-D”/Incomplete for high school students. Students’ grades from the third-quarter reporting period will be the benchmark for letter grades for the second semester. A student’s final letter grade may only be improved during the fourth quarter. All letter grades of “A, B, C, and D” will automatically be converted to Credit and “F” grades to Incomplete at the end of the semester. However, parents/students who wish to receive a letter grade in place of a Credit mark for any of their second-semester courses must complete an electronic PYLUSD Letter Grade Request Form no later than June 19, 2020.
Q: What should I choose between Credit/Incomplete or letter (A-D) grading?
A: This may be a difficult decision for students and parents. We offer families this advice courtesy of collegewise.com to students planning to apply to four-year universities/colleges—you should opt for the letter grade unless you have:
- connectivity issues and unreliable access to the internet
- technology impediment
- a mental health concern
- any significant situation that’s impacting your ability to do schoolwork
If you have any of the above you should absolutely feel good about opting for Credit/Incomplete. You will be able to convey that broader context in your eventual applications (there’s typically space in most apps for exactly these details).
Q: Can high school students opt for a letter grade instead of a Credit mark(s) for the final reporting period of the 2019-2020 school year?
Q: What does a Credit/Incomplete mark mean and how will it impact my student’s GPA?
A: Students will receive a mark of “CR” (Credit) if they have met at least the minimum proficiency levels for standards within a course. Students who receive a mark of CR will earn full credit for the course. The CR won’t be calculated into the GPA. The University of California and California State University systems as well as many private universities have stated that they will not calculate this semester’s grades in student GPAs.
Students will receive a mark of “INC” (Incomplete) if they have not met the minimum proficiency levels for standards within a course. Counseling staff will work with students to determine the best option to remediate the “Incomplete” mark to “Credit."
Students who took Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Honors courses will have their GPA weighted for the first semester of the year if they earned a “C” or better. A mark of “CR” in the second semester won’t raise or lower their GPA. We realize we have students who were working very hard to improve their GPAs with weighted course work this semester. IB students have already been afforded the chance to demonstrate mastery through the IBO internal assessments (IA). AP students will have another opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course through the online AP exams being offered by the College Board for the Spring of 2020.
Q: How will Credit/Incomplete marks impact admissions or eligibility for college?
A: COVID-19 is an international public health crisis. There isn’t a state or a nation that hasn’t been impacted. The fact is that many students in the United States are no longer attending school. Some districts have made the shift to distance learning and others are still struggling. To that end, we have been assured by the institutions of higher education in California and across the nation that moving to Credit/Incomplete marks this semester will not impact college eligibility.
In a distance learning environment, a Credit/Incomplete mark is the most equitable approach to report student learning and enables educators to focus less on tracking “points” and more on preparing students for the next level. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we need to ensure that we honor learning without putting undue pressure on our students and families.
The State Board of Education (SBE), California Department of Education (CDE), California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges, and independent nonprofit colleges and universities have stated that they will accept Credit/Incomplete marks or letter grades for A-G high school courses completed in Winter/Spring/Summer 2020.
Q: How will Credit/Incomplete marks affect eligibility for athletics and performance groups at the high school level?
Q: How will Credit/Incomplete marks impact placement for subsequent courses?
Q: How is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) evaluating Distance Learning?
A: In response to questions regarding schools that have moved to distance or e-learning environments, the NCAA Eligibility Center released a statement stipulating that the NCAA will not require a separate review of distance or e-learning programs utilized by schools with NCAA-approved core courses that have moved to distance or e-learning environments for Spring/Summer 2020 terms.
Students are encouraged to complete their NCAA-approved core courses through the channels of instruction provided or recommended by their school, district or state department of education.
For information from the NCAA regarding COVID-19, please visit ncaa.org/COVID-19 and continue to monitor for more information from the Eligibility Center at on.ncaa.com/EC_COVID.
Q: What grades or marks will be issued for high school summer programs this year?
Q: Will elementary and middle school students also receive Credit/Incomplete marks?
A: No. Our elementary students will automatically receive Credit/Review Needed (Pk-6) marks for achievement. There will be a disclaimer on elementary report cards and middle school transcripts that state, “Due to school closure and the resulting unique circumstances and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, all elementary students received a mark of “Credit” or “Review Needed” for Trimester 3 of the 2019-20 school year and “Credit” or Incomplete for middle school fourth quarter.
Middle school students (6-8) will receive Credit/Incomplete marks.
Q: In a Distance Learning environment, will teachers continue to provide direct instruction and feedback to students?
A: Teachers, staff and administrators will remain focused on keeping our students highly engaged, connected, and invested in their learning. Teachers will continue to have daily contact, assign work, provide feedback on the work, host online discussion forums when age appropriate, and provide resources to ensure that our students have a variety of opportunities to strengthen their understanding of essential learning targets.
Our focus will remain squarely on learning and preparing students to be successful at the next level. Should you have additional questions related to your student’s progress, we encourage you to contact his or her teacher. Our teachers will continue to be the best resource for understanding your student’s progress in class.
As acknowledged by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, distance learning may not mirror classroom instruction. However, PYLUSD remains committed to providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision. Our entire staff from leadership, to teachers, to classified employees, to school counselors, and more are here to serve students. Please do not hesitate to regularly connect with your teachers, principals, and other school staff. Also, continue to visit www.pylusd.org/coronavirus for resources and updates.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations
Q: How can PYLUSD families and employees help prevent illness?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing with a minimum distance of six feet.
Q: What is Social Distancing?
Q: Should students and staff wear face masks or protective wear?
Q: What is the District doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: District staff members are monitoring the situation daily with assistance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), and others. CDPH is actively working with the CDC, with local governments, and health care providers across the state to protect your health. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community-level strategies and communications.
PYLUSD has implemented targeted cleaning at all school sites and on buses as an added precaution. Custodial staff members have been designated to provide extra cleaning time to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, wiping down door handles and desks, deep cleaning bathrooms, and more. Additional cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer options have also been provided to each school site.
As is typical with any cold and flu season, OCHCA requires PYLUSD, and all school districts in the County, to report classrooms with more than 20% of students ill with similar symptoms. If this occurs, PYLUSD assigns a custodial team to thoroughly clean the affected classroom(s).
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