Questions Regarding Promotion and Retention:
The South Panola School District announced on March 13, 2020, all schools within the district would close due to the health-related concerns involving the Coronavirus. Following an order from Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on April 14, all schools were ordered to remain closed throughout the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester.
The District released its Educational Opportunity Plan on March 20 to provide resources to our students, both online and through hard copies, so they have an opportunity to continue to have access to educational materials.
We want to commend our students, teachers and parents for taking part in the Educational Opportunity Plan as it proved learning is not contained to just a classroom.
All SPSD students had the opportunity to take part in the traditional three, nine-week instruction periods during the 2019-20 school year. However, traditional instruction has been interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic in the fourth nine weeks -- historically, a time in which we have seen an improvement of student academics due to remediation and a chance to review previous material covered in the classroom.
In an effort to be equitable to every SPSD student, the following grading policy has been passed for the fourth nine weeks.
Students in grades K-8 will receive a 100 for their fourth, nine-week grade.
The 100 will be averaged with the other three nine weeks to determine the student’s final grade in the course and will coincide with the promotion/retention of the student as it relates to district policy.
Due to South Panola High School being on a 4x4 block schedule, students in grades 9-12 taking a full-credit course during the spring semester will receive a 100 for their fourth nine-week grade, which will be averaged with their third nine-week grade for the final grade of the course. In addition, students taking year-long courses will receive a 100 for their fourth nine weeks grade. (Fourth nine weeks half-credit courses information may be viewed by clicking here to open the page in a new window.)
The South Panola School District intends to offer summer school courses in July if Coronavirus guidelines allow. This time will be used to assess student proficiency and growth on the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards. The district will provide instruction and remediation to manage the negative impact of lost instructional time during the fourth nine weeks.