Semester 2 Schedule Adjustments for Secondary Students
In response to feedback about virtual learning at the secondary level, adjustments have been 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 other adjustments 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.
- Retroactively apply the Credit/No Credit or Withdrawal from Semester 1 of the 2020-2021 school year in courses not specifically required for graduation.
To take advantage of these schedule and grading options, students/parents will need to closely consult with their school counselor for review and approval by the principal. The various options and processes are summarized below:
|Schedule Option||Semester 2 2020-21||Semester 1 2020-21 (Retroactive)|
|Request an Abbreviated Schedule||MCPS Form 280-98 in consultation with the school counselor and/or Student Well-Being Team||N/A|
|Request to Take a Course Credit/No Credit||MCPS Form 270-32, High School; MCPS Form 270-32A, Middle School in consultation with the school counselor and/or Student Well-Being Team, by April 23, 2021.||MCPS Form 270-32, High School; MCPS Form 270-32A, Middle School
Grade Modification Form processed by registrar by May 5, 2021.
|Withdraw from a Course Without Notation on Transcript||Until April 23, 2021. If reducing the overall course load, Use Form MCPS Form 280-98.||If course withdrawal took place after October 7, 2020, students/parents/guardians may request that the Withdrawal Grade be removed. The request should be made in writing to the school counselor or registrar and approved by the principal. The principal will then forward to MCPS for processing and the student’s record will be updated.|
If you have questions, contact your child’s school counselor.