Semester 2 Adjustments and Options for Secondary Schedules
In response to feedback about virtual learning at the secondary level, adjustments are being made to improve the student/teacher experience in virtual learning, promote student well-being, and provide flexible options for student schedules. These adjustments for the second semester are in addition to adjustments that are already in place with curriculum, assessments, and grading that went into effect for the second marking period.
In middle and high schools, schedule adjustments for second semester include opportunities to:
- Request an abbreviated schedule to lighten course load and take a course over the summer or in future semesters instead.
- Take up to two courses Credit/No Credit (also known as Pass/Fail) instead of a letter grade, in courses not specifically required for graduation.
In order to take advantage of these schedule options, students/parents will need to closely consult with their school counselor or Student Well-Being Team to make any schedule adjustments for the second semester and to ensure progress towards meeting graduation requirements and college and career plans.
Abbreviated Schedules: Middle and high school students may request an abbreviated schedule by completing MCPS Form 280-98, in close consultation with the school counselor and approval by the principal.
Credit/No Credit Courses: Middle and high school students can also consider taking up to two classes for Credit/No Credit (also commonly known as Pass/Fail) instead of a letter grade, in courses not specifically required for graduation. This requires consultation with the school counselor and approval by the principal using one of the following forms: MCPS Form 270-32, High School; MCPS Form 270-32A, Middle School
Note: MCPS is considering further adjustments to include extending the timeline to decide Credit/No Credit or withdraw from a high school course beyond the 25th day of the semester, and making these options effective for courses taken during the first semester of 2020-2021. These options are still being explored and no final decisions have been made. Additional information will be forthcoming.