VDOE Memo regarding Graduation Requirements, Awarding of Credits, and Continuity of Learning (March 23, 2020).
Regarding Grading and Grade Point Averages:
The authority to award grades and determine grade point averages rests with local school divisions. School divisions should consider the guidance related to distance and online learning and the considerations regarding equity and a thoughtful approach to instruction, and the impact of alternative measures of achievement and mastery, including the possibility of offering “pass” or “fail” as a final grade. Whereas the VDOE recognizes that decisions on grades are a local decision, the VDOE does not recommend grading work completed during the closures since schools are closed. Additionally, VDOE recognizes that grade calculations and GPA are a local policy issue. VDOE does recommend that school divisions establish a methodology to fairly calculate grades based on work previously completed and a methodology for including said grades in GPA calculations and on student transcripts. VDOE encourages school divisions to work closely with VDOE should they feel they need additional flexibility within the transcript regulations.
The VBEA (Virginia Beach Education Association) a subsidiary of the NEA (national teacher's union) filed a complaint against me with the school board.
The School Board "governance committee" was scheduled to hear the complaint today at 1pm. I was not notified of the complaint until 3 hours before the meeting even though the chair and vice chair had received it 6 days ago.
"I completely reject and deny the VBEA’s allegations against me. I have worked tirelessly over the last several years to stand up for our employees’ concerns related to student discipline problems and I find it reprehensible that an organization that claims to be an advocate for teachers has attacked me in this way."