2020-21 Reopening

2020-21 Reopening

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The North Hills School District began the 2020-21 school year in the Virtual model as outlined in the approved North Hills School District's Phased Reopening Health and Safety Plan.

Virtual instruction will continue through Friday, Oct. 2. NHSD will move to the district’s Hybrid model on Monday, Oct. 5 as approved by the Board of Education at their legislative meeting on Sept. 17. Read a complete recap of the meeting here.

Superintendent Dr. Patrick Mannarino's recommendation to move to Hybrid was based on, among other things, the Community Transmission Rate as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The metric weighs two factors from the most recent seven day period, the incidence rate per 100,000 residents and percent positivity rate. The two statistics together lead to a county’s transmission rate, which can be low, moderate or substantial. Allegheny County has been moderate since the end of July and when in the moderate range, hybrid instruction is acceptable.

Move to Hybrid: What to Expect
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Under the Hybrid model, students will attend school two days in-person and three days virtually. Students with last names A-L will attend in-person on Monday and Tuesday and virtually Wednesday through Friday. Students with last names M-Z will attend school virtually Monday through Wednesday and in-person on Thursday and Friday.

Key Takeaways

  • Traditional building start and end times will return under Hybrid and that schedule will remain for the rest of the school year regardless of the instructional model, whether the student is remote or in-person or if there is an unplanned school closure related to COVID, the weather or another factor.
  • In Hybrid, lessons will be streamed live from teachers’ classrooms so both in-person and remote students can watch, however, interactions with the teacher and remote students will be limited during the live instruction.
  • The online attendance form must be submitted for each school day a student is attending virtually. Teachers will take attendance of students on in-person days.
  • Students can choose to attend school virtually on days they could attend in-person if they are ill, in quarantine or not comfortable attending in-person. The online attendance form must be completed to be counted as present.
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 2 will be asynchronous and independent school days to allow teachers time to prepare their classrooms for hybrid. There will be no live lessons.
  • There will be no district morning or after school care during Hybrid. Information regarding YMCA after care is forthcoming.
  • All student meals are free through Dec. 31 via the cafeteria on in-person days or curbside pick up on virtual days. Complete information is available at this link.
  • The district has launched a new COVID-19 tracker to keep track of both active cases in the district by building and cases that have been cleared by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • In order to get students in school and keep them there, it’s important we all follow health and safety guidelines both in school and out of school; wear a mask, keep your distance, get a flu shot, if possible, and if you are sick, please stay home!

Grading Changes for 2020-21

North Hills School District has adopted quarterly grading system with four marking periods as opposed to two.

At the secondary level, year-long course letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D and F will be issued at each of the four (4) marking period intervals and at the end of the course for a final grade.

For semester courses, letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D and F will be issued at two marking period intervals and at the end of the course for a final grade.

For trimester or quarter courses, letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D and F will be issued at the end of the course only. This will be the student’s final grade.

Only final grades earned in grades 9-12 will be reported on a student's official transcript.

For semester courses, a student's final grade shall be determined by the percent average of the two (2) marking periods of the semester. For year-long courses, a student's final grade shall be determined by the percent average of the four (4) marking periods of the school year.

Teachers shall administer mid-term exams, final exams or final projects in the second and fourth marking periods. Student grades on mid-term exams, final exams or final projects shall be calculated into the student’s grade for that marking period and shall not be greater than 10 percent of the student’s marking period grade.

Elementary Standards Performance Levels will be issued in four (4) marking period intervals.

Grab 'N Go Meals

Grab-and-go meals containing breakfast and lunch items are available on all school days with virtual instruction. Meals are free for all students age 18 and under but you must pre-order here.

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