Hunterdon Central began online/virtual learning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This type of instruction will continue as long as is determined by the Office of the Governor.
The time schedule below is when students can expect their teachers to be available online. It can also serve as a good pacing guide to plan work. We will continue a virtual A/B day alternating block schedule during our time of home instruction. Teachers, counselors, and administrators will continue to be available from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday, for quick responses to any questions or concerns.
As we move into a longer closure, you will notice a shift in the instruction that we offer to students and in our expectations for student participation. We would like to outline our plan for online instruction:
During our first two weeks of school closure, our goal was to confirm online access for all of our students, set up remote IT help capabilities, train teachers, and maintain skills in all courses.
Phase II introduced new instruction in all courses, established participation as a record of attendance, and continued until Spring Break.
After our return from Spring Break on April 20, we entered into Phase III of online instruction. Here are some key points about this new phase of online instruction:
- Wherever possible, teachers will focus on utilizing projects that are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and the approved course curriculum. These will be graded and will constitute the majority of a student’s remote learning grade.
- Classwork, homework, and other formative assessments assigned during Phase III will continue to receive teacher feedback and may also be used to establish a percentage of the total grade for this time period.
- When calculating a final grade for a course, teachers may weigh categories of work during closure differently than they had planned when we were in regular session. Teachers are in the process of updating new categories, category weights, and grades in Aspen and will communicate the details about the grading and weight of all work to their classes.
- If the closure lasts the rest of the school year, each student’s grade earned prior to the health-related closure will represent 75% of the final grade in a full-year course, and 50% of the grade in a semester course. These percentages will shift if the closure is shorter and will be based on the length of this phase of closure compared to the number of days in the school year.
- Throughout the closure period, teachers will provide utmost flexibility in deadlines, revision/resubmission, etc., to mitigate any potential negative impact on student course grades during the closure. Teachers will remain in contact with parents of struggling students, as they always have.
The school closure has created a disruption to our regular process of instructing, assessing, and grading students. While we are confident that our teachers are moving forward with creative, innovative online instruction in alignment with New Jersey’s curriculum standards, we are also aware that the limitations inherent in this method of instruction may result in difficulties for some of our students.
Because of this, we are considering offering a Pass/Fail option for final grades in any full year and second semester course this year. If we offer this option, students would begin the process of opting for a Pass/Fail grade by consulting with their counselors, closer to the end of the school year. We are currently working with postsecondary partners and other education experts to examine all of the potential impacts of Pass/Fail. We will provide complete details on this option and the procedure to be followed as soon as possible.
Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions about our plan for online instruction.
When we return to our normal classes on campus, teachers will work with students to strengthen any difficulties they may have experienced with this learning, before any traditional grades are entered.
- Counselor, Vice Principal, and House Office contact information can be found here.
- Department Supervisor contact information can be found here.
- Counselor contact information can be found here.
While studying from home, the Central Hub will be available for remote support of your technology, including Aspen. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no NJSLA (formerly known as PARRC) standardized testing in Spring 2020. College Board has also provided information on SAT and AP testing on the College Board Website.