Information on Grading and Attendance
MCPS has returned to a more standardized and traditional grading system for the fall semester. This means that students will be receiving letter grades based on the assignments they complete and turn in to their teachers. At the secondary level, students can expect at least one graded assignment in each class each week, while there may be more in some courses. These graded assignments will be entered into the gradebook, which students/parents can monitor in the StudentVue/ParentVUE portal. As in a traditional year, these graded assignments (at least 9-12 assignments in a marking period) will be used to calculate a marking period grade for the report card. Marking period grades will then be used to calculate semester or end-of-year grades. More information on secondary grading and reporting can be found here. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
At the elementary level, teachers will continue to report grades each marking period for the measurement topics that match that marking period’s instruction. Teachers will use letter grades (A,B,C,D) for grades 2-5 and P,I,N descriptors for grades K-1 to report grades on the report card, by measurement topic. More information on the elementary report card can be found here. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Attendance and Engagement
Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. The Maryland State Department of Education has issued an expectation to school districts that daily attendance will be recorded. A student will be marked present for a class in one of three ways:
- Student attends a live virtual learning class via Zoom
- Student completes an attendance check-in on myMCPS Classroom during a live or recorded class
- Student engages in an online discussion thread on myMCPS Classroom during a live or recorded class
All attendance will be recorded in the new student information system and will be visible to parents through the parent portal. In addition, ConnectEd calls and other parent outreach will occur regularly to inform parents if their child has not attended. Parents/guardians must submit a note, phone call or email to the attendance secretary if a student will be absent for a full or partial school day. All absences for which no documentation is received will be listed as unexcused. We realize that some students are unable to participate in live instruction for a variety of reasons. If this is the case, any student who misses a class has the option to watch a recorded lesson, engage in an online discussion thread or complete follow-up work designed by the teacher. Once this is done, students/families can complete the Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form, the student will receive credit for the class and will not be marked absent. The Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form is available on every school website. Recordings of the lessons not only allow students flexibility for attendance, but also are a resource for students to review material presented during the day. Please note that recordings of instruction will be deleted 72 hours after the lesson is posted.