We are soon wrapping up this strange school year.
Below is an easy reference to the dismissal grading scale implemented by the Granite School District due to Covid-19 for the 4th quarter of the school 2019-2020.
Click here to access the granite school website and see more details on the options possible.
The Utah State Board of Education recently outlined their plan for students to recover from the slowdown or lack of learning. You can read the complete document here. Highlights are below.
Yet, I wonder how realistic this plan is. In the Salt Lake Tribune article evokes another reality. “It’s been 5 weeks and thousands of Utah students still haven’t logged on for school amid the coronavirus“
By the end of the school year, the article that about 20% of the students will have missed about 2 months of learning. What will our percentage be in the Granite School District ? Granted, we can take out a few days for spring break, and time for testing, but overall, this is a massive amount to make up, especially if you have no internet access, no computer, no parent to guide you over your homework of a combination of these (I applaud GSD’s valiant effort to palliate internet and computer access).
I am grateful that the Utah State Board of Education is planning the recovery phase that will no doubt come, even if comes later than planned.
But I am not sure that planning on summer months for the phase 2 and bridging the learning gaps will be either practical or sufficient in a number of cases. And what are the implications of not being able to catch up during the summer months on the upcoming school year, even assuming that we’d all start school in August ?
I know that some teachers are already adjusting their lesson plans and building more review time at the beginning of the year. Will this more sufficient ? We will also need to worry about the grades the students are going into, dedicating perhaps additional resources for some critical grades? But this may not be enough: it will likely take more creativity and the proverbial ‘village’ to ensure that all students are caught up.
I’d like to see the Granite School District create a position that would ensure that all catch up efforts are coordinated, best practices disseminated across our schools and teachers, and results carefully tracked.
If elected on the board, following up on this issue will be my first and highest priority.
We will all remember this school year 2019-2020, won’t we ?
The end of the school for the Granite School District was planned for May 22nd, 2020. March 16th, when the soft closure was announced by the Governor to the end of May 2020 is a period 10 weeks. 10 weeks of uncertainty, financial anguish, exhausting role-changing, responsibility-juggling, disease-worrying times. Say no more.
We will survive this once in a lifetime pandemic. But we do have to acknowledge the losses that this crisis forced us into and the challenges ahead.
Besides the obvious ones, I’d like to consider a few school-related ones.
Awards were given and earned by terrific teachers and students, but went pretty much unnoticed.
I’d like to acknowledge the Sterling Awards, made official on March 19th.
A large number of these remarkable young students came from our Granite School District. The ceremony was cancelled, but let’s recognize them here.
GENERAL STERLING SCHOLAR (English category) – Cindy Phan, Skyline High School
Runner-up: Lily Bruce, Skyline High School.
Winner: Zoe Schramm, Olympus High School
Seyij Jung, Skyline High School
Winner: Sreemanti Dey, Skyline High School
Runner-Up: Julane Machado, Skyline High School.
Runner-Up: Nicholas Heiner, Skyline High School.
Congratulations to these fine young students for a well deserved award. We admire and respect you !
Also, the Granite School District Excel Awards have not been officially announced yet. Our fantastic teachers and administrators will need to be recognized by all of us in style at some point.
Saying goodbye !
We have missed our teachers, and our teachers have missed our kids. It would have been nice to part as we do other years. We will find a way to say goodbye, but it will involve a safe physical distance.
Seniors will miss a typical graduation and will have to have find a way to a different, still meaningful but safe rite of passage. Students have been surveyed and schools are hard at work coming up with an acceptable alternative.
As we are in the middle of a 10-week period of soft-closure, I am very concerned that a large number of our students have fallen through gaping cracks. Yes, parents now understand better what teachers have been doing in the classroom. I hope that this gives a much larger appreciation for our teachers. But how is the Granite School District planning on addressing the little learning that has happened in so many households ?
If I am elected on the board, I will make it my number 1 priority for the upcoming school year.