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Leon County Schools announces distance learning grading plan

Posted at 11:16 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 23:19:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — There's only one month of the school year left in Leon County and school leaders are focusing on two major things for students: How final grades will be calculated and senior graduation.

"No student has asked to be a part of a national pandemic as a part of their educational experience," said Gillian Gregory, the assistant superintendent for Leon County Schools.

For more than five weeks students in Leon County have turned their homes into classrooms because of COVID-19.

Now, Leon County Schools is determining how grades for work done outside the classroom will be calculated.

"At the end of the fourth nine-weeks our plan is to look at the fourth nine-weeks grade and compare that grade to the average of the first three quarter grades," Gregory said.

Once those grades are averaged, the highest grade will be applied to the fourth nine-weeks.

Some board members were concerned about students who may be disengaged and those with little to no access to technology.

Gregory says teachers will use compassion when approaching fourth nine-weeks grades as long as students complete the work given.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna announced the drive-in graduation during a Zoom call.

Graduating seniors on the call for the announcement were grateful for the chance to be able to do something.

"This is a great opportunity for us, and I think we should take advantage of it," said Madeline Feiok, a senior in Leon County Schools.

The graduation will also be streaming live online and on the radio.

"I think it's really cool that we're able to be with our friends, all together in this situation," said Carter Nelson, a Leon County Schools senior. "Even if its in our cars."

For more information about LCS graduation and the graduation schedule, click here.