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Promotion

The Iberia Parish School System understands the hardship that the COVID-19 School Closure has caused for students across our district, state, and nation. Our district’s Curriculum Department is working diligently to ensure that students have the opportunity to be promoted to the next grade, while taking into account the unprecedented nature of the closures faced at the end of this school year. 

The following guidance will be used to determine the final grades for each subject. The district realizes that oftentimes a student’s promotion hinges on the last grading period. Therefore, students in grades 3 through 11 who are in danger of failing a subject, will be given an opportunity to participate in recovery work for the last grading period they completed. Principals and teachers are in the process of reviewing student grades, and will reach out to parents and caregivers to discuss possible grade recovery options. If you feel that your child is in danger of failing a particular subject and have not been contacted by your teacher, please send an email to the teacher or principal requesting assistance. 

After any necessary recovery work has been completed and grades have been finalized for each subject area, promotional decisions will be made using our normal Pupil Progression guidelines by the School Building Level Committee (SBLC). The district is working to design a modified Summer School Program that will involve Virtual and Distance Learning. More information about this opportunity will be available by the end of the school year. 

We realize that although many of our students have been participating in home-learning, there will be a great need for students to “catch-up” on many important skills that were meant to be taught during this time. The district is currently reviewing these skills at each grade level and making plans to begin the 2020-2021 school year with a focused period concentrating on learning from the prior grade level. We have all the confidence in our students and teachers, and we are positive that everyone will be back on track in no time at all! 

1. Kindergarten 
a. The final grades for the 2019-2020 school year will be determined by the percentage of skills mastered from the 1st quarter through the 3rd quarter.
b. Students who have achieved mastery of 80% of the skills covered through the 3rd quarter shall be promoted. (ELA 15 of 19 skills = 80%  Math 16 of 20 skills = 80%) 
c. The SBLC will use the normal Review of Placement process to determine if retention is necessary. 

2. Grades 1-2 
a. The grade for the 4th grading period will be determined by the highest grade attained based on grading periods 1, 2, and 3.
b. The four grades will be averaged to calculate a final grade.
c. Due to the emphasis on foundational skills in the lower grade levels, recovery options are not offered for final grades. This is necessary to ensure that the student has the necessary skills to be successful in the next grade.
d. The SBLC will then follow normal Pupil Progression procedures to determine promotion. 

3. Grades 3-8 
a. The grade for the 4th grading period will be determined by the highest grade attained based on grading periods 1, 2, and 3.
b. After any necessary grade recovery work is completed with the teacher, the four grades will be averaged to calculate a final grade.
c. The SBLC will then follow normal Pupil Progression procedures to determine promotion.
d. Plans are pending for Virtual / Distance Learning summer school opportunities for students who may need this option. 

4. Grades 9-11 
a. High School students on the 4.5 week grading cycle completed the first two grading periods of the Spring Semester.
b. Students who are in danger of failing, will have the opportunity to complete recovery work for grading period 2.
c. After any necessary grade recovery work is completed with the teacher, the final grade will be calculated by taking the average of grading period 1 and 2. The grades from grading period 1 and 2 will be replicated in grading periods 3 and 4.
d. Plans are pending for Virtual / Distance Learning summer school opportunities for students who may need this option.