Hello Desert Winds families,
Alt Sites Grading During Distance Learning
As shared when the District released the Distance Learning Grading Policy, information specifically related to Alternative Education grading was to be forthcoming. I’m pleased to report that a team of alternative education teachers and instructional leaders met to review guidance from the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to develop a grading policy that would meet the unique needs of the students participating in an alternative education setting. Below are the tenets of the grading plan that will be in place for those participating in a variable credit, alternative education setting:
- Students’ 3rd quarter grades and credits earned will be recorded. In addition to the recorded grades, the credits earned in the third quarter will be matched up to a total of 10 credits (for example- If a student earned a “C” and 2 credits, the grade will be adjusted to a “C” and 4 credits for the 2nd semester; however, that student still has the opportunity to increase the number of credits earned and letter grade).
- Students that have completed classes and have now been placed in a new class will NOT qualify for credit matching in the newly enrolled class for the rest of the semester.
- Semester 2 grades for all students will be issued by the teacher based on an earned grade of A, B, C, Pass, or No Credit (“Pass will be used in place of D and “No Credit” will be given for an F).
End of the semester
School will end on June 4th this year. Please encourage your students to continue working in each of their classes until the last day of school. Teachers will take work through this date. We hope this allows the students to complete as many credits as possible before we break for the summer.
At this time, we will NOT be holding an in-person graduation but will look at dates later in the year once state and local recommendations will allow the event. In the meantime, we will be calling you to invite your graduate to come to the site to take a Cap and Gown picture. We will share these photos with you to commemorate and celebrate your student’s hard work to complete their diploma. In addition, we will share a link with all graduates and families of our graduates at the end of the school year. We will be providing each graduate a yard sign and hope to have those available for you at the time of your picture appointment. Once we know the date for an in-person ceremony we will contact all of the graduates for the 2019-2020 school year.
Our school remains committed to our students and will continue to offer summer school. The dates for summer school will be June 29th- July 24th, 2020. Students will continue to be able to earn credits in the school’s variable credit system. Due to the ever-changing landscape caused by the Corona Virus we anticipate that summer school will continue in a distance learning format. We will continue to monitor the guidance and recommendations of state and local officials to determine if and to what extent we can begin to provide on-campus supports for our students.
To sign up for Summer School
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Desert Winds High School is a continuation high school in the Antelope Valley serving the needs of a diverse student population in an alternative education environment. This school provides an alternative program for young people to continue their high school education. An emphasis is placed on the positive aspect of each student's ability as they are assisted to develop skills, knowledge, and attributes that will enable them to be successful in their future endeavors.