GCPS COVID-19 Guidelines
On Monday, March 16, Gwinnett County Public Schools moved from in-person instruction to digital learning. We appreciate our teachers, students, and families who are working together to make digital learning successful. We are so impressed with their commitment to ensuring teaching and learning continues during these challenging times! And we also thank those of you at home for ensuring that your children are logging in and staying up-to-date on their classwork. Teachers are working with students and families who have questions about digital learning. If you need support, contact your child’s teacher or school. Remember, Digital Learning Days are school days that will not be made up, so this work, what children are learning, and the grades they are earning are important.
All GCPS events and activities are cancelled until further notice. This includes all school events, extracurricular activities, school-related trips, community school events, and facility rentals.
Below you will find additional information regarding Digital Learning Days and GCPS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our schools and the school district.
As of March 10, all student and staff attendance incentives are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Teaching and learning will continue through the scheduled last day of school on May 20.
Teachers are not taking attendance each day. However, they are monitoring which students are participating in digital learning and are reaching out to students who are not completing assignments.
Through May 8, GCPS will offer a lighter school day on Fridays when teachers will not give any new assignments, but will be available to work with students individually, provide opportunities for students to make up assignments or redo previous assignments, and review material taught.
While GCPS is taking steps to make sure students are as successful as possible during DLD, we know these are challenging circumstances and some students may end the year with a grade below what would be expected based on previous achievement. Teachers will take a number of things into consideration before finalizing the student’s grade, including the potential impact of the learning environment, opportunities to relearn material or redo assignments, and if the student took advantage of make-up opportunities.
GCPS wants to be sure that the move to digital learning does not have a negative impact on students. GCPS will base promotion on a K-8 student’s understanding and mastery of the AKS curriculum for his or her grade level. If a student is recommended to repeat a grade, the school or teacher will discuss it with the student’s family. High school teachers will continue to grade assignments and tests. (See grading section above.) Students must pass their courses to earn Carnegie units to meet Georgia graduation requirements.
The current situation has had an impact on a number of assessments:
— All state-required spring testing— including GKIDS, Georgia Alternate Assessments, and the Georgia Milestones End of Grade and End of Course tests— are canceled.
— Final exams, developed by each school’s teachers and course teams, will be administered online for middle and high school students, beginning May 11.
— GCPS will offer a one-year waiver to seniors who have met all other graduation requirements except passing the HS Gateway. These seniors will receive a diploma without having to pass the Gateway.
— International Baccalaureate (IB) students will not take IB Exams. Instead, IB diplomas will be awarded based on student coursework at GCPS’ two IB high schools— Shiloh HS and Norcross HS.
— Advanced Placement (AP) students will take a 45-minute exam online at home for each AP course exam for which they are registered. College Board says digital security tools will protect the integrity of the exam.
— Check the websites for the SAT and ACT for the latest on scheduling for these college-admissions exams.
While the vast majority (97%) of students have participated in online learning at some point, we know that some families don’t have reliable access to devices or high-speed internet. Schools have checked out Chromebooks to students, based on need. In addition, the GCPS Foundation has worked with partners to provide information on no- and low-cost internet access to families.