Week 7: Preparing for Year-end Grading

Posted by William Benson on 5/1/2020

When we started school in August 2019, who could have ever imagined that our year would end with at-home learning and no return to our buildings? This extraordinary situation has certainly tested our abilities as an education system. I am extremely proud of how our school family has met the unusual challenges created by the unprecedented pandemic affecting our community, state and nation.

Throughout this public health crisis, our schools have remained focused on designing remote learning tasks aligned to our state and local education standards to provide students relevant feedback and support as they transition to the next course and grade. It has been challenging and stressful for all, but ABSS has worked tirelessly to ensure all students have access to learning in a variety of ways.

Continued learning at home has provided our teachers with data on each student’s progress to help us plan for the upcoming school year and determine any needed interventions to keep students on the path to success.

Throughout the mandatory school shutdown we have experienced since March, the primary goal of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and our district has been to support students and provide them with validation of their educational efforts. Our focus in ABSS at every grade level has been to assist students with continued growth and learning in every subject area and to provide each student with feedback about their progress.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has provided all school districts with the process for finalizing student grades for the end of the current year. The guidance varies by grade level. Letters with the grade-level specific information are being mailed to homes via USPS.