ALCDSB releases statement on report cards and upcoming school year

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board office in Napanee. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) released information on how report cards are going to work and an update on the upcoming school year in statements made on Thursday, Jun 25, and Friday, Jun. 26, 2020. 

According to a letter addressed to parents, they will be receiving report cards electronically through a portal in which they will receive a login credential in early July to view the provincial report card. Parents with students in two different schools will be receiving two different logins. 

According to the statement, grades and marks will not be reduced from what they were on March 13, 2020 when the schools closed due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. However, if students did participate in at-home learning, their grades may increase, and their Learning Skills and Work Habits will also be reflected in their teachers’ comments.

If a student in grades one through eight receives an “I” for incomplete, this could be for a number of reasons: the subjects were not addressed before March 13th so no summative testing could have been done; there was no evidence that a student gathered the information before March 13th; the student may have been new to the school, or; the student may not have been able to participate in online learning. If a high school student receives an “I” for incomplete, they may not have had a passing grade before March 13th and they were not able to participate in online learning. 

Independent Education Plans will also be sent electronically. If parents do not have access to internet or email, they can contact their home school. 

In another statement released on June 26 2020, David DeSantis, the Director of Education for the board said that the plans for the upcoming school year will not be released until early August. 

This statement comes after Minister of Education in Ontario, Stephen Lecce released three potential scenarios for reopening schools. Those three options are: remote learning, a return to school while following public health guidelines or a mixture between remote and in-class learning. 

For the statement from Lecce, visit this site. 

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