April 17, 2020
Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well. On April 15, 2020, each school district in the Commonwealth received notification from Secretary of Education Rivera that it is the “responsibility and expectation that every school offers planned instruction at every grade level for all students.” The Susquehanna Community School District will respond to this expectation by instituting planned instruction related to new course material on April 27th. New planned instruction will occur through Google Classroom for all learners beginning on this date. Daily participation/attendance will be tracked through Google Classroom.
Given that formal planned instruction will begin on April 27th, student participation is mandatory for all learners between April 27, 2020, and June 12, 2020. This constitutes 34 learning days in which teachers will provide instruction and activities related to new academic content and material. Grading for this modified fourth quarter will be based upon a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory system. Students who proficiently complete 70% or more of the work and learning activities assigned per course shall be provided with a Satisfactory fourth quarter grade. Students completing less than 70% will be provided with an Unsatisfactory fourth quarter grade. Fourth-quarter grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory will not affect student overall grade point averages. However, the grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory will be denoted on the 4th quarter report card. High school final exams will not be administered this year.
I appreciate your understanding and support in this constantly changing educational environment. Due to ever-changing state directives, this will be our third change to our Continuity of Education Plan in just under a month. However, one element remains constant through these many changes and that is the commitment of the district to providing, with your help and support, the best education possible to our students during this unprecedented time. Online learning will not be perfect and there will be bumps in the road, but it is truly the best possible alternative in these circumstances. Our teachers, support staff and administrators stand ready to help your child achieve meaningful academic growth during the next two months. With your support, I know we can accomplish it!
If you have any questions related to the district’s Continuity of Education Plan or need support, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and/or principal. The District Food Service Department will continue with meal distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 AM through Wednesday, June 10th.