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COVID-19 Grading Policy

May 14, 2020
 
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District high school students have the option to request a letter grade notation on their Spring Semester transcript for 2020 instead of a mark of Credit or No Credit. Letter grade notations may be requested for any or all classes. Letter grade notations may affect the GPA on the transcript. Please note that once this form is submitted, you cannot change the request. Click here to access the request form.

This request must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020.
 
May 6, 2020
 
Dear NLMUSD Secondary School Parents,
 
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and safe at home as we continue our distance learning. It is hard to believe that we are now less than a month away from the end of our 2019-2020 school year.
 
As the current global health crisis continues to unfold, Governor Newsom unveiled additional details pertaining to the start of the school year possibly in July or August. However, the start of the school year, as approved by the NLMUSD Board of Education, remains Thursday, August 13, 2020. You may have additional questions regarding policies and other items during our school closures. Hence, I have outlined below a few policy updates that may impact your child:
 
Grading Policy during Distance Learning
 
In collaboration with our teachers, NLMUSD adopted a “hold harmless” grading model which means that no student will receive a semester grade lower than the grade they received on the Quarter 3 report card. Progress reports were generated on May 1, 2020 to notify students who received an ‘F’ on the Q3 report card, have not made progress during distance learning, and/or are in danger of receiving a mark of “No Credit.”
 
As previously communicated on April 23, NLMUSD has adopted a Credit/No Credit grading system for our secondary students for the second semester grades. We understand however, that in special circumstances, changing to a Credit/No Credit system may adversely affect students; therefore, we will have the option for high school students only (Grades 9-12) to petition to receive traditional letter grades in one or all of their classes. High school students interested in submitting a request to receive letter grades must submit a request no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. Information regarding the process to petition for letter grades will be posted on our school websites by Friday, May 15, 2020 2020. Please note: Students enrolled in Alternative Education, including El Camino High School, will continue to receive letter grades.
 
Summer School
 
NLMUSD plans to offer Summer School for all high school students through distance learning. This summer we will have two virtual Summer School sessions: June 8 – June 25, 2020 and June 29 – July 16, 2020. Students will have the opportunity to complete one class per session. High school counselors are available to assist students in scheduling for these classes.
 
Commencement Ceremony
 
We surveyed our high school seniors and noticed that the majority of our students prefer an in-person graduation, if at all possible. However, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has provided guidance to school districts which advises that we develop alternative plans for safe graduation ceremonies.
 
LACOE states, “End-of-year gatherings of students, even in vehicles, should be discouraged at this time. Such gatherings may be difficult to ensure the safety of students and families. It is safer for everyone to stay home.”
 
Thus, we are planning virtual commencement ceremonies for our graduating seniors to tentatively take place on Friday, June 12, 2020 and Saturday, June 13, 2020. More information will be shared and posted on the District and site websites in the coming weeks with further details. If you have purchased a cap and gown to take photos with family, the schools will be providing dates to pick them up, along with other high school graduation regalia.
 
Promotion for 8th Graders
 
Due to guidance from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, we are placing on hold any plans of having in-person promotion activities including drive-through celebrations. More information will be forthcoming in the event that we hold a promotion activity in the future. Additionally, your school principal will be in contact regarding end-of-year procedures.
 
Interim Policy on Graduation Requirements
 
On Monday, May 4, 2020, our Governing Board approved a temporary policy, granting flexibility for graduation requirements due to challenges created by school closures as follows:
 
The minimum 2.0 grade point average graduation requirement will be suspended for the class of 2020 and up to 30 units required for graduation that are above and beyond the state requirements, may be waived after a careful and thorough review and analysis of an individual student’s unique circumstances by school counselors. These changes will allow our District to maintain the same high standards for graduation while temporarily allowing flexibility for individual students. This policy also applies to students enrolled in Alternative Education and El Camino High School.
 
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your continued support and partnership with us throughout your child’s education at NLMUSD. Every Child. Future Ready. Our Promise!
 
Sincerely,
Hasmik Danielian, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools