Continuity of Learning Plan

Chesapeake Public Schools is committed to providing engaging learning experiences for students during a district closing. The Division of Teaching & Learning has developed a phased approach to ensure students remain engaged with course content during this extended school closure. Click on each phase below to see detailed information or see an overview of our Continuity of Learning Plan.

Emergency Learning Plans Enhanced Learning Plans Extended  Learning Plans

We have also provided additional resources for our exceptional learners below. Review a letter to our families of exceptional learners.

Math English Science Social Studies Other Courses Advanced Placement (AP) Students: Students enrolled in AP courses are encouraged to review daily their class materials and resources that teachers have provided. Students may also visit AP Central to access course content. There will be a variety of classroom resources on the website that will provide activities to remain current.

The Phase II Learning Plans for K-5 students include instructional activities for Week 3 and Week 4 and OPTIONAL Hands-On Math Enrichment Activities.  When printing at home, please only select the pages at the beginning of each packet if you DO NOT wish to utilize the optional enrichment activities.
Other Resources:

The following information is being provided to assist in clarifying how the current school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) exceptional learners. Specifically, we want you to be aware of how the closure will impact special education (including related services such as speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy), Section 504, and gifted education. More information for parents of exceptional learners.

Special Education Resources

Enrichment Resources

Learning Plans for our English Learners are provided below for the week of April 6 - 10, 2020. If you need a printed copy of these plans, please contact your school.

Phase Three consists of extended learning opportunities for our students so that we can keep our students engaged in learning during this extended closure. Teachers will connect with students to provide activities through Google Classroom or through learning packets that will be available at each school.  Contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have any trouble accessing these activities.

Phase Three also addresses our grading guidelines which are provided below specific to each grade-level. This plan is intended to support all students and provide them with a path forward in their education. It also provides flexibility to our middle and high school students taking credit-bearing courses.

Why should my child complete any of the learning opportunities if they aren’t required?

The more engaged a student is in learning during time away from school, the better their long-term academic performance will be.  Even having your child complete one activity per week will help reduce the risk of any potential learning gaps and help set them up for continued academic success.  If your middle school or high school child is enrolled in a credit-bearing course, they will need to complete work in order to obtain credit for the course.  

What if my child is unable to do the activities and dedicate as much time to learning as other students?

When school reopens, we will identify learning gaps for all students and provide support through targeted interventions, such as extended day learning programs, Saturday School, and/or additional tutoring support provided during the school day.

How will Phase Three of the Continuity of Learning Plan be different?

In the first two phases of the plan, learning activities focused on reinforcing curriculum previously taught. In Phase Three, we will extend instruction to introduce new target skills from the curriculum that have been identified as essential. These skills and content will be built upon in future courses.

How will students receive instruction and demonstrate proficiency on the Phase Three target skills?

Teachers will use Google Classroom and video-conferencing tools to provide instructional resources and assign learning activities that align with the target skills. Students who do not have access to technology can request hard copies of these resources (K-8) from their teachers and pick them up from their school. Teachers will also have office hours to provide individual support via phone and online.  High school students will complete work online.

When will students meet with their teachers and classmates online?

The learning activities posted in Google Classroom will be completed independently and reviewed during class video-conferencing sessions. Elementary teachers will communicate their class times with families. Secondary schools will publish their weekly schedule on their websites. Please note that video-conferencing sessions are not intended to last an entire class period. Video-conferencing time will be spent focusing on the target skills and answering student questions on assignments.

Will schools provide laptops for students?

Based on the Technology Needs Survey conducted by staff in March, we have identified and contacted high school students who qualify to pick-up a school-issued Chromebook.  High school students should contact their homeroom teacher or principal if they are in need of a device. 

What should we do with the Phase One and Two Learning Packets?

Families will keep these learning packets at home and teachers will continue to check for understanding of these skills in Phase Three.  If students cannot submit this work online, they are asked to keep the work until school resumes in the fall. These documents can be given to your child’s next teacher to show evidence of ongoing learning.  

How will students with Individualized Education Plans and 504 Plans continue to receive support?

Case managers have prepared COVID-19 IEP amendments and prior written notice documents that identify adjusted goals/objectives, accommodations, and services for proposal during the extended closure. These proposed amendments were mailed to parents and should be returned to the school using the pre-stamped envelope provided. Case managers will continue to collaborate with other teachers to modify curriculum and provide accommodations virtually. Families are encouraged to maintain ongoing communication with their child’s case manager for additional support.

My child is enrolled in the Chesapeake Preschool Initiative (CPI). How will my child be supported through the closure?

Information related to CPI will be posted on your child’s CPI school website. Additionally, your child’s teacher will contact you to provide additional learning opportunities and support.

How will third quarter grades be calculated for elementary school students? (Updated 4/16/2020)

For students in grades K-2, teachers will only evaluate students on skills taught and assessed prior to March 13, 2020.  Students will receive a mark (O, S, P, N, U) for each skill taught and assessed prior to the school closure.  Skills that were not taught prior to March 13, 2020, will receive a slash (/). 

For students in grades 3-5, third quarter grades will be calculated using the grades students had earned prior to the March 13, 2020, closure.  Students can submit makeup work or resubmit major assignments for the third quarter by May 1, 2020.  This effort can only help a child’s grade; no grades will be lowered based on student participation or any assignments submitted after the closure. 

How will the fourth quarter grades be calculated for elementary school students?

For students in Grades K-5, teachers will not assess student work during the fourth quarter, but will instead provide new learning opportunities, review assignments, and offer feedback in order to support continued learning.

For students in grades 3-5, how will final grades be calculated?

Final grades will be determined by averaging the grades from the first, second, and third marking periods.

How will you determine if my elementary school student is promoted to the next grade level?

Students who were on track to move to the next grade level prior to March 13, 2020, will be promoted. Decisions about students who were struggling to meet grade-level requirements prior to the closure will occur in partnership with teachers, parents, and school administrators.

How will third quarter grades be calculated for middle school students? (Updated 4/16/2020)

Third quarter grades will be based primarily on student achievement up to the statewide school closure. Students can submit makeup work or resubmit major assignments for the third quarter by May 1, 2020.  This effort can only help a child’s grade; no grades will be lowered based on student participation or any assignments submitted after the closure.

How can students get help if they are struggling with the new content?

If your child is struggling with new material during Phase Three, reach out to the teacher or the principal by email in ParentVue, through Google Classroom, or email in StudentVue.

How will the fourth quarter grades be calculated for middle school students?

For middle school students, teachers will not assess student work during the fourth quarter, but will instead provide new learning opportunities, review assignments, and offer feedback in order to support continued learning.

How will final grades for middle school students be calculated?

Final grades for middle school students (except those taking credit-bearing courses) will be determined by averaging the grades of the first three marking periods.

My child is taking a credit-bearing class in middle school. How will his/her final grade be calculated? (Updated 4/16/2020)

Middle school students who are taking credit-bearing classes must demonstrate proficiency on course content in order to receive credit for the course.  Teachers will consider grades from marking periods 1, 2 and 3, and proficiency on essential skills demonstrated in Phase Three learning activities (noted in Synergy as a Complete/Incomplete) to determine a final letter grade.  Students have the option to receive the final letter grade earned OR a “Pass” grade. The final grade of Pass would indicate successful completion of the course without impacting GPA. Students who do not participate in Phase 3 will earn an “Incomplete” and will be provided options to recover their credit. 

Will middle school students in credit-bearing classes be required to take a final exam?

No, there will be no final exam for credit-bearing classes this year.

Can middle school students enrolled in credit-bearing classes expunge their Pass/Incomplete/Letter Grade credit and retake the course in the future? (Updated 4/16/2020)

Yes, as in the past, middle school students enrolled in credit-bearing classes may request to expunge their grade from their high school transcript.  Procedures will be communicated at a later date.

How will you determine if middle school students are promoted to the next grade level?

In general, middle school students who were progressing in their learning before the school closure will be moving up to the next grade level based on their performance in the first three quarters. Decisions about students who were struggling to meet grade-level requirements prior to the closure will occur in partnership with teachers, parents, and school administrators.

How will grades for marking period 6 be calculated for high school students? (Updated 4/16/2020)

Marking period 6 grades will be based primarily on student achievement up to the statewide school closure. Students can submit makeup work  or resubmit major assignments for marking period 6 by May 1, 2020.  This effort can only help a student’s grade; no grades will be lowered based on student participation or any assignments submitted after the closure.

How will second semester grades for high school students be calculated? (Updated 4/16/2020)

High school students who are taking credit-bearing classes must demonstrate proficiency on course content in order to receive credit for the course.  Teachers will consider grades from marking period 5, marking period 6, and proficiency on essential skills demonstrated in Phase Three learning activities (noted in Synergy as Complete/Incomplete) to determine a final letter grade.  Students have the option to receive the final letter grade earned OR a “Pass” grade. The final grade of Pass would indicate successful completion of the course without impacting GPA. Students who do not participate in Phase 3 will earn an “Incomplete” and will be provided options to recover their credit.

How will alternating (A/B) day course grades be calculated for high school students? (Updated 4/16/2020)

High school students who are taking credit-bearing classes must demonstrate proficiency on course content in order to receive credit for the course.  Teachers will consider grades from marking periods 2, 4, and 6, and proficiency on essential skills demonstrated in Phase Three learning activities (noted in Synergy as a Complete/Incomplete) to determine a final letter grade.  Students have the option to receive the final letter grade earned OR a “Pass” grade. The final grade of Pass would indicate successful completion of the course without impacting GPA. Students who do not participate in Phase 3 will earn an “Incomplete” and will be provided options to recover their credit.

How will full-year course grades for high school students be calculated? (Updated 4/16/2020)

High school students who are taking credit-bearing classes must demonstrate proficiency on course content in order to receive credit for the course.  Teachers will consider grades from marking periods 1 – 6, Exam 1, and proficiency on essential skills demonstrated in Phase Three learning activities (noted in Synergy as a Complete/Incomplete) to determine a final letter grade.  Students have the option to receive the final letter grade earned OR a “Pass” grade. The final grade of Pass would indicate successful completion of the course without impacting GPA. Students who do not participate in Phase 3 will earn an “Incomplete” and will be provided options to recover their credit.

Will high school students be required to take a final exam?

No. There will be no final exam for credit-bearing classes this year.  

Will high school students still earn weighted credit if they pass a weighted course?

Yes. Weight will be added to the passed final grade, if applicable.  Your guidance counselor can provide additional details. 

How will families be notified of their senior’s remaining requirements for graduation?

Professional school counselors and administrators have reviewed all senior transcripts and course histories. This information was used to apply for course waivers and create clear paths for each senior who is currently on track to graduate. Beginning April 20, 2020, school personnel will be confirming graduation, end-of-year grades, and necessary next steps with all students who are on track to graduate. Messages on graduation requirements will be communicated to students by email, mail, phone, and/or through Synergy.  Early graduation will be considered for students with extenuating circumstances. 

Can students change from an advanced diploma to a standard diploma?

All efforts are being made to help the student maintain his/her diploma type. If there is an extenuating circumstance that would warrant a change, it would be handled on a case-by-case manner. Contact your child’s school if you have any questions.  

Can high school students retake a class to earn a letter grade instead of Pass/Incomplete?

Yes, high school students enrolled in credit-bearing classes may request to retake the course for a letter grade in the future.  Procedures will be communicated at a later date.

Can my high school student choose to drop a course or take an Incomplete for a course they are currently enrolled in?  

Teachers will be working with students to ensure they are able to successfully complete current courses.  In certain circumstances, students may qualify to take an Incomplete or drop a course. These decisions will be made in partnership with teachers, school counselors, parents, and administrators.

How will you determine if high school students are promoted to the next grade level?

The number of credits required for promotion for high school students has not changed.  Promotion at the high school level is determined by the number of credits earned each year: 

  • 9th grade (freshman):  A student with 5 or fewer credits.
  • 10th grade (sophomore):  A student with at least 5 credits, but fewer than 10 credits.
  • 11th grade (junior):  A student with at least 10 credits, but fewer than 16 credits.
  • 12th grade (senior):  A student with at least 16 credits working toward an Advanced or Standard diploma.

How will students take their Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Due to the pandemic, students can take their AP exam(s) from home in an open book/open note format. Students may contact their school counselor by email or review the Frequently Asked Questions on the College Board website.

How will final grades be determined for students taking AP or International Baccalaureate courses? (Updated 4/16/2020)

High school students who are taking credit-bearing classes must demonstrate proficiency on course content in order to receive credit for the course.  Teachers will consider grades earned prior to the statewide closure (March 13, 2020) and proficiency on essential skills demonstrated in Phase Three learning activities (noted in Synergy as Complete/Incomplete) to determine a final letter grade.  Students have the option to receive the final letter grade earned OR a “Pass” grade. The final grade of Pass would indicate successful completion of the course without impacting GPA. Students who do not participate in Phase 3 will earn an “Incomplete” and will be provided options to recover their credit.

Will students still earn their Dual Enrollment course letter grade through Tidewater Community College?

Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) have adopted an emergency grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester.  All college-level courses that have not reached the course end date by Monday, April 6, 2020, will use the following grading scale:

  • P (Pass with grade of C- or better)                
  • P- (Pass with a grade of D)
  • W (A student may withdraw or be withdrawn up until the last day of the term without academic penalty)
  • WC (A faculty member may award a WC for a student who did not initiate the withdrawal)
  • I (The faculty member and student may agree to a plan to complete remaining course requirements in the following summer or fall semester)

Students who wish to receive their regular letter grades using the A-F grading scale, may opt to do so. Student requests are irrevocable and should be requested by May 7, 2020, for 8-week and 12-week classes or May 10, 2020, for 16-week classes.  The VCCS and the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia worked collaboratively to ensure that these grades do not disadvantage any student seeking to transfer to a public university in Virginia and we know that it will not hamper one’s progress in their community college pursuit. Visit the VCCS website for complete details.  

What if my student is taking a course through Virtual Virginia or Edgenuity?  How will my child’s final grade be determined? (Updated 5/4/2020)

Students enrolled in online courses through Virtual Virginia or Edgenuity will continue assignments through this platform and have a choice of taking a final letter grade, pass, or incomplete.

How does this affect Driver’s Education course requirements for students in Health/PE 10?

Students who completed Driver’s Education in the fall semester must contact their schools to arrange an appointment to pick up their green cards.  Administrators must have time to verify course completion and prepare the card with signatures before pickup. Green cards will be available for students enrolled in the spring semester of Driver’s Education once all required modules have been completed.  Teachers will work with students to assist them in meeting all requirements beginning in Phase Three.

 

The following information is being provided to assist in clarifying how the current school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) exceptional learners. Specifically, we want you to be aware of how the closure will impact special education (including related services such as speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy), Section 504, and gifted education. More information for parents of exceptional learners.

Special Education Resources

Enrichment Resources