DCS Superintendent says packets will not be graded

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The superintendent of DCS says that learning packets will not be graded during a virtual press conference.   

She also outlined the plans for DCS schools moving forward with the rest of the semester.  

Dothan City Schools is going to be offering a blended method of virtual learning and learning packets. For each leval of student, they have different goals but overall, they want to keep families connected and engaged with learning. 

On the primary level, the goal is to get something into the hands of the parents so they can work with them to learn. Some teachers will be making reading to the children. 

For middle schoolers, it will be a combination of mostly virtual with about 40 percent of packet work.  

Finally, with high school students, they will be mostly virtual. For the students who do not have access to internet, they will produce packets that students can pick up outside of school.  

For grading, the student packets will not be graded. Instead the first, second and third nine weeks will be averaged for the final grade. Students with failing grades will have the opportunity to recover standards through teacher-directed assignments similar to credit-recovery classes.  

She has also stated that there will be no standardized tests for the rest of the year.  

In addition, she also mentioned that the school system is taking steps to avoid virtual learning streams being hacked. They are also explaining to teachers on how to avoid virtual meeting being hacked and taken over.   

The schools and bus are also being cleaned while students are away. They are not expecting large amounts of people in the school and no more than ten people will be allowed in the school at the same time. 

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