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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that this change from a letter grade to a Pass/No Pass system brings up a number of questions. It is important to remember that our shared overarching goals are to keep students engaged, ensure they learn the essential skills that will allow them to be successful at the next level in a course sequence, and maintain social connections with other students and adults to provide stability and decrease social isolation during the school closures. Below are responses to some frequently asked questions. We recognize this is not an exhaustive list, and other questions or concerns have not been answered yet. Please do not hesitate to communicate with us so that we can address your concerns.
 
How long will our schools in SUHSD be closed?
 
Per the agreement of all six County Superintendents in the Bay Area in collaboration with local superintendents and the various County Departments of Public Health, and based on the recommendation from Governor Newsom, school closures will continue through the end of the school year.
 
Will my transcript be impacted in any way?
 
Rather than letter grades, this semester’s grades will be Pass/No Pass. UCs, CSUs and hundreds of out of state and private institutions have confirmed that, as long as P/NP is applied uniformly, a grade of pass will meet their requirements for entrance and will not be factored into overall GPA. In a time of inequity and uncertainty with no optimal choice, our district joins the many others that believe this is the most fair option. 
 
Will the Pass/No Pass policy impact the total credits earned for my spring coursework? What about the A-G designation?
 
No. You will earn all the credits that you are enrolled in if you pass all your classes. (i.e., if you are enrolled in six classes and you pass all six classes, you will earn 30 credits). Credits earned in A-G classes will receive their A-G designation.
 
Will my competitiveness to top tier universities be negatively impacted by a Pass/No Pass grading system for spring and summer, 2020?
 
No.  Colleges across the country have offered assurances that during this pandemic, as long as all students at a school can only earn a pass/fail grade or other similar mark, they will not be disadvantaged as a result. A UC webinar on grading stated "Students from one high school are not compared to students from another high school" in regards to CR, pass or letter grade.” 
 
Will Advancement Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests still happen?
 
  • Advanced Placement exams are still scheduled to be administered remotely. Each exam will be 45 minutes and only units covered until early March will be covered on the exam.  In addition to the ongoing teaching provided by your teachers, the College Board has provided online test prep materials and review lessons that can be found by visiting the link below: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students.
  • International Baccalaureate exams have been cancelled. The student will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. The achievement will be based on the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programs.
 
There is no Physical Fitness Test (PFT) this year so how will I know if I can play a school sport to meet the second year of PE requirement?
 
With the state cancellation of PFT, all students who wish to participate in athletics in lieu of PE II will be permitted to do so in the 2020-21 school year. 
 
This semester I am a student clerk/technical assistant (TA).  Will I still get credit?
 
Credit will be awarded to SCs/TAs for the spring semester, 2020. 
 
I am signed up for work experience this semester.  Will I still get credit?
 
Students signed up for Work Experience will get 10 credits for spring semester, 2020.
 
I was participating in a spring sport.  Will I still get Physical Education (PE) credit for that?
 
Yes; students rostered for SUSHD athletic teams will be given PE credit, regardless of the shortening of the season in spring, 2020.
 
I am a senior with more courses than I need to meet graduation requirements.  May I drop below five classes for spring, 2020? 
 
Seniors who will remain on track to graduate and will not jeopardize their college eligibility (as confirmed by their high school counselor) may drop below the five required classes for the spring 2020 semester.  For spring and summer, 2020, the dropping of classes will not be reflected on transcripts.
 
I am currently enrolled in a class that I am certain I will not pass.  Can I start credit recovery before the end of the school term?
 
Yes.  For spring and summer, 2020 students who are failing a class may immediately start credit recovery courses instead of waiting for the end of the semester. 
 
Whom do I contact if I have questions about my GPA or college transcript?
 

Please contact your school site guidance advisor.

 
How do we continue to provide access to learning for ALL students?
 
Distance learning officially started on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Instruction is being provided through our CANVAS learning platform. SUHSD has also worked with school sites throughout the District to ensure that every student who needs a chromebook or at-home internet access is provided with devices to ensure that learning continues for all our students. To date, over 1,000 laptops and 1,700 hotspots have been checked out to support District students.  
 
What can I do if I do not have access to a computing device at home?
 
It is extremely important that students continue their education during this time. If a student needs access to a device, or help to obtain internet connectivity at home, we have resources to provide support for both. If you haven’t already, you can fill out this survey and your school site will follow-up with the request. If a district-issued Chromebook or hotspot malfunctions or fails, please send an email to studenttechsupport@seq.org.
 
What if our family is experiencing problems with our technology and/or accessing materials on CANVAS?
 
In an effort to support the transition from the classroom to At-home/Distance Learning, the District has worked to establish tech support options for students using the Canvas platform and district-owned hardware.
 
CANVAS Support
  • Visit our CANVAS information page designed for students and parents to learn more about the tool
  • Once logged in, students can use the Canvas Help button that will generate a “help ticket” through the Canvas System and Information Services will administer support
  • This District C&I website has how-to videos for everything in Canvas -- how to submit every type of assignment, how to use Flipgrid, etc. Troubleshooting tips for hardware issues are also available. Videos are in English and Spanish.  
 
Hardware Support:
  • If a district-issued Chromebook or hotspot malfunctions or fails, please send an email to studenttechsupport@seq.org. If you are unable to send an email, please contact your school site for further assistance and they will put you in contact with support staff. You must provide your Student ID in the request.
 
 
Will State Testing be suspended?
 
Yes; State testing has been suspended for spring, 2020.
 
Below are several links to resources to support your continued learning while schools are closed. We highly encourage you to continue reading and stimulating your learning during our school closures.
 

Resource

Website

SUHSD

As mentioned above, you can access SUHSD’s at-home learning student resources at this link: 

https://sites.google.com/seq.org/at-home-student-resources/home?pli=1&authuser=2

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Gale Databases:

Access to various text, video, and images on a variety of topics. Click on the following link to access the databases: GALE Resources


Access codes by school sites: GALE Access

American Chemistry Society

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/a rticles-by-topic.html

Fiveable: AP Study Guides

https://app.fiveable.me/

Scholastic

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Exploratorium

https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn

Unique Learning (lessons for students with moderate to severe learning challenges)

 

Audio Books

https://learningally.org/solutions-for-home/overview

Parent resource for talking to children with autism about COVID-19

https://www.autism.org/webinars-autism/

Understood.org

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/coronavirus-latest-updates

PBS learning resources

KVIE 9th-12th grades from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Visit the KVIE TV schedule.