Manteca Unified on Monday is restarting the
school year via long distance learning for 25,000 students due to the pandemic.

At the same time the district is
working to implement new state guidance regarding graduation for seniors and
grading designed to assure that the coronavirus emergency doesn’t derail their
education including being able to complete their diplomas as well as enter
college.

Manteca Unified as of this week is
continuing with its already announced plan to pursue long distance learning
through May 15. District leaders the week of May 5 will re-evaluate the plan to
have the final two weeks of the school year conducted in the classroom or to
end the year in another fashion.

Decisions also have not been made
regarding graduation ceremonies.

“All seniors who are on track for graduation should be able to graduate,”
said State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond. “This new
guidance further illustrates how students can and should be held harmless in
grading, and how their work can be acknowledged.”

The guidance addresses A-G requirements and provides admissions updates for
higher education for both current seniors and juniors.

For example, colleges have agreed to accept credit/no-credit or pass/fail
grading where districts have decided to use it for A-G courses and other
courses without impact on grade point averages. California is also extending
flexibility on a wide range of issues, including testing requirements, timing
of transcripts, and considerations about financial aid.

The state Department of Education continues working with the University of
California, California State University, community college system, and private
and non-profit universities on solutions to many ongoing college admissions
challenges.

“We committed early to a long-term solution and developed a system of
supports for students as we transition to a distance learning model,” noted
Clara Schmeidt, Manteca Unified Senior Director of Secondary Education. “We
understand the worries generated by this time of uncertainty. Our mission to
provide students with access to grade level standards has not and will not
shift. We have fantastic teachers who understand the high stakes involved in
not only graduating from high school but moving to college or career.”

Among points Manteca Unified educators are sharing regarding how the long
distance education model will unfold:

• Teachers are grading during the
implementation of Distance Learning program in a manner that reflects the
challenges that may occur.

• Students have online classroom
environments in a closed environment primarily through Microsoft Teams

• MUSD teachers and staff are forging
ahead to meet all pre-established deadlines for progress reports and final
report cards.

• MUSD will continue with grades per
subject/class as per pre-established guidelines aligned to achieving mastery of
grade level standards.

• The district has automated processes
in place for high school transcripts to ensure on-time delivery to the
student’s college of choice.

• MUSD administration and staff are
reconstituting and reallocating staffing as needed to ensure juniors and
seniors can take advantage of all higher education opportunities.

• Seniors and juniors are encouraged
to finish strong this semester to be ready for their transitions this fall.

• Each high school is ready to support
students on an individual basis to solve any barriers to learning, including
more concentrated communication to parents

• High school students that completed
the PSAT or the SAT previously should use resources such as College Board or
Khan Academy to accelerate their learning for fall in addition to working with
their classroom teachers.

• MUSD will supply an FAQ in the
coming weeks clearly communicating any information relating to senior
activities and high school graduation ceremonies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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