October 5, 2020
We are quickly approaching the end of the first grading period. The grading period ends on October 16 with reports scheduled to go out on October 23. I want to thank you and most of our students for keeping up with their school work and assignments thus far. I also want to thank you for your continued understanding of the new procedures the school has put into place for the safety and welfare of all students and staff.
Albemarle School has worked diligently to ensure that each student has an opportunity to learn face to face, which has been a remarkable success and certainly has positive effects on student learning as well as their social/emotional well-being. As we continue to navigate Covid-19 and the impacts on both learning as well was school attendance, there are a few procedures that we would like to make you aware of. We are asking each of you to exercise "Covid-Cautious" behaviors. If any student is not well, we understand that you may make the decision to exercise caution and keep the student at home. If a student is actively sick, we will continue to recognize the make-up work policy defined in the handbook as follows:
"An excused absence gives the student the privilege of making up all class work missed during his/her absence, at the convenience of the teacher. All previously assigned work or tests should be made up immediately upon return to school. The formula to determine make-up assignments equates to the number of days absent plus one day, (e.g. four days absent would allow a student five school days to complete all missed work)."
Additionally, students who are Quarantined as ordered by Local Health Offices and State Health Departments as well as students who have symptoms that are concerning and are isolating out of caution are expected to communicate with their teachers daily. Any work not posted in Google Classroom can be electronically sent and the work is expected to be completed on the day that peers in school complete the assignments. Tests and quizzes should be completed upon the students return to school.
This Thursday, students in grades 6-12 who have missing assignments will have their lunch in their homeroom class. This is to avoid crossing students by grade level while allowing students to have some time to complete their missing assignments. These students will be notified in person.
Again, I want to thank you for all you are doing to make Albemarle School great.
Melvin L. Hawkins