4-15-2020: HCS Distance Learning Rubric

Good Afternoon,

I hope this note finds you WELL and that you were able to enjoy a wonderful (relative to COVID-19) Easter weekend!

As I outlined in my communication with the Honeoye Central School District community last week, HCS has diligently explored the question of grading during our extended closing due to COVID-19. At this time, we are pleased to share a PreK-12 articulation plan surrounding grading and course credit accrual with our students and families. Families may access the HCS Distance Learning Rubric, which outlines the "HCS Approach to Grading During Extended Closing Due to COVID-19” linked into this email and also on the HCS website.  It is relevant to note that this articulation document factors in the SED guidance specific to credit accrual for credit bearing courses which had been attached to the now suspended JUNE Regents examinations.

Important considerations surrounding the HCS Distance Learning Rubric:

  • Effective 4/15/2020, the HCS Distance Learning Rubric is applicable for PreK-12 grading throughout the period of extended closing due to COVID19.
  • At the Elementary School level, the HCS Distance Learning Rubric will continue to be applicable for grading upon reopening of school for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
  • At the Secondary School level, the HCS Distance Learning Rubric will be factored into the traditional grading model (mathematical weighting to be determined) upon reopening of school for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
  • At the Secondary School level, credit accrual for credit bearing courses will be awarded to students who have achieved learning outcomes for units of study completed.  
  • At the Secondary School level, students at risk of not meeting minimal proficiency levels upon completion of the first three marking periods must engage in remedial learning opportunities to achieve learning outcomes for units of study completed.  Teachers and administration will work with individual students and families to develop plans for remediation.
  • Course work in Gemini, SUPA and AP classes must continue to be submitted by students and will be graded per guidance from cooperating educational institution.

Additionally, our secondary building is proud to share a MS/HS Online Scheduler, which outlines the schedule for distance learning instruction spanning all courses and may be accessed via link in this email and on our website.  The MS HS Online Scheduler is live, which means that any and all scheduling changes to content / course delivery will be reflected in this document.  

Lastly, I would like to mention that "School Lunch Hero Day" is recognized on May 1. School Lunch Hero Day was designed and is intended to provide the opportunity for school districts to "showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child." In light of our extended school closing due to COVID-19, and the district commitment to Continuity of Meals during such closing, please consider reaching out to the HCS Food Service Director and staff via Sheila Lowe (slowe@honeoye.org) to share words of gratitude for their immeasurable contribution to the HCS learning community.  

On behalf of the Honeoye Central School district, we thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we continue to leap new hurdles daily. Remember there is not a play book for COVID-19.  Should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s instructional materials or course assignments, please reach out to your child’s teachers.

Warmest Regards,
E. Bridget Ashton

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton