As we near the end of our remote learning term, we have been closely reviewing guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to determine the most appropriate manner to reflect student grades for the second semester. Our policy is below:

The Cove School’s remote learning grading policy is based upon the ISBE principle that grades should cause “no educational harm to any child.” In line with the ISBE’s guidance, The Cove School will use a letter grade structure of A - D and Incomplete, and no F grades will be assigned for second semester grades. To maintain a traditional letter grade structure in a remote learning environment, third quarter grades will be the baseline grade, which is the lowest grade a student may receive for the second semester, as long as they actively participate during the remote learning period. Teachers will continue to monitor and record student participation and assignment completion as well as provide meaningful feedback on student work to promote learning. These records of participation and work completion will only affect the final course grade for the better. An incomplete may be issued for students who disengage from remote learning or are unable to make a meaningful effort on remote learning assignments. Before an incomplete is assigned, students will have been given opportunities to complete and submit assignments without penalties by the end of the term, and the teacher will have collaborated with all stakeholders in their collective effort to develop a plan for completion of existing assignments or alternative assignments.

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