BULLHEAD CITY – As the spring 2020 semester winds down later this month, officials from the Bullhead City Elementary School District are reminding parents that student grades are continuing despite the closure of campuses by State executive order. Classes switched from traditional classrooms to distance learning, both online and via printed packets, in March.
Semester grades will be determined by grade level at the elementary, middle and junior high schools in the district, according to Superintendent Carolyn Stewart.
For students at Desert Valley, Diamondback and Sunrise Schools, overall second semester grades for students in kindergarten through fourth grades will reflect their work through the third quarter, when traditional classes ended just before spring break. Work done during the closure will be reflected in the comments section of report cards in the following ways:
- Completion of five to seven weeks of distance learning lessons will be recorded as “meets expectations”
- Completion of three to four weeks of distance learning will be noted as “needs improvement”
- Completion of zero to two weeks of distance learning will be listed as “unsatisfactory”
At the middle and junior high schools, where students take multiple classes with different teachers, students in the fifth through eighth grades will have second semester grading based as follows:
- Completion of five to seven weeks of distance learning in any subject will result in a student’s second semester grade being increased by ten percent from the third quarter grade for that subject
- Completion of one to four weeks of distance learning in any subject will result in the third quarter grade being the semester grade for that subject
- Failure to complete any distance learning in a subject will result in a grade of “incomplete” for the second semester; students with incomplete grades will be placed in the next grade and will be given opportunities during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year to make up the work.
Reports cards will be mailed by May 22. Most students will be promoted to the next grade. Parents of students being considered for retention in the current grade have been involved in those decisions, Dr. Stewart noted.
Parents with questions or who need additional information should contact their child’s teachers or principal via email or phone. Although campuses and the District office are staffed during business hours, they remain closed to the public until further notice in accordance with Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order.