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Grades 9-12 – Continuity of Instruction

Filed in Archive by on March 28, 2020

Our shift to online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak is designed to support students in their journey through K-12 education. While instruction will not be the same as in a traditional classroom, students in grades 9-12 will have opportunities to be engaged and build on the foundation that will prepare them for future grade levels, courses and post-secondary goals.

The district recognizes the difficult circumstances families and students and facing and the challenges of learning at home. In Bethlehem, patience, understanding and empathy will lead the way, every day.

9-12 Student Participation

  • All students are expected to participate
  • Team teachers will provide clear expectations for students
  • There will be two-way feedback between team teachers and students
  • Parents and guardians are important partners & digital role models
  • Students are expected to spend no more than 2-1/2 to 3 hours per week on each course

Schedules are flexible

A condensed, two-day schedule (A day and B day) is intended to help students who are juggling the new demands of learning from home. With this schedule, students will see (in most cases) instruction, content and assignments for periods 1-4 on A day; and instruction, content and assignments for periods 5-8 on B day. Students in grades 9-12 are expected to spend no more than 2-1/2 to 3 hours per week on each course. Students will have flexibility in completing weekly coursework and assignments.

Content and resources

  • District Chromebooks & Google Meet
  • Teachers will share assignments directly with students
  • Regents courses will follow the existing syllabus
  • Electives and non-Regents courses will emphasize foundational content for future learning
  • University in the High School course instruction will follow guidance of the associated college/university
  • AP courses will prepare students for revised exams based on content from September 2019-March 2020
  • Special education, related services and ENL instruction will help meet student needs

Communication with teachers

  • Student expectations and target completion dates for work will be clearly communicated by class teachers
  • ASPEN email will be the primary communication tool between teachers and students and teachers and parents
  • Regular check-ins with students by teachers
  • Outreach to families whose students are not participating regularly to see if they need assistance

No formal grades

Recognizing the unprecedented situation facing students and families, there will be no formal grading. Instead, any assignments will receive either a C or an I. There will be opportunities for students to resubmit work.

  • C – Complete (Evidence of Learning): A student has demonstrated learning of curriculum based on what was taught or assigned.
  • I – Incomplete (Not Yet Learning): Student has not completed assignment or work completed does not yet demonstrate learning of the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to resubmit work.

How final course credit and/or grades for students 6-12 will be calculated.

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