Frequently Asked Questions
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Last updated on May 13, 2020.
Per the Executive Order of Governor John Carney, Delaware public and charter schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
Each week, teachers will post assignments for core lessons for the week. New material will be loaded and posted at the beginning of each week. Even though it will contain a week’s worth of material, families can determine their own schedule to help their child complete their assignments. Schoology is our primary learning management system, and you will see that most of our teachers will utilize this tool to provide students with their weekly assignments. Parent guidance for how to access Schoology has been provided on the website. We do recognize that some teachers have already begun utilizing other tools (e.g. Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Schoology Conferences, etc.) that are most familiar to their students and families.
- Students in all grades are being provided with feedback on completed work regularly from their teachers. Students in grades 6-12 will also receive a grade of O, S, or N where O is for outstanding work, S is satisfactory, and N is no work submitted.
- At the end of the marking period, students in grades PK-5 will receive a written narrative with feedback on their learning.
- There will be no final exams for students in grades 6-12 and no state assessments in any grades.
- Students in grades 6-12 will receive an overall grade of O, S, or N for the fourth marking period. This grading structure will only improve students’ overall grades, as this model is a value-add model. Pages 4 and 5 of this posted document provide detailed information about the values assigned to O, S, and N and how they will help improve students’ final grades.
In order to hold a live virtual class, we would need to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be online at the same time. We know this is not possible because not every student has his or her own device. Instruction delivery is flexible to allow for family schedules and shared technology. In addition to regular office hours that give students the opportunity to interact with teachers in real time, teachers are invited to offer videotaped lessons, small virtual groups, and classes using platforms such as Zoom or Google Hangout if and when appropriate.
Teachers will conduct online office hours through various formats (discussion boards, email, etc.) each weekday. Students are encouraged to reach out through Schoology if they need additional support from a teacher. Special Education Teachers/Case Managers will arrange mutually agreeable times to connect with students and families.
Elementary Office Hours:
9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.
Secondary Office Hours:
9-10 a.m. - Block 1 or 5
10-11 a.m. - Block 2 or 6
1-2 p.m. - Block 3 or 7
2-3 p.m. - Block 4 or 8
Through remote learning, students are engaged in meaningful and productive learning opportunities. We will focus on critical knowledge, essential skills, and concepts within the appropriate grade level/content standards as suggested in the Delaware Department of Education Guidance. Students are being provided with an opportunity to have skills reinforced while being provided with extension and enrichment activities to deepen their learning by applying concepts in new contexts. While standards in most content areas span across the school year and are cyclical in nature, teachers will prioritize critical standards that students need to know before the end of the school year.
The District is working to ensure that accommodations, special education, and related services are provided remotely for students who qualify under Section 504 or the IDEA. In addition, we are carefully preparing for students who receive English as a Second Language or Gifted services. Teachers in these specialized areas will work directly with families.
On April 15, we were notified by the University of Delaware that all May events, including graduation ceremonies, have been cancelled. BSD's commencement was scheduled for May 31. At this time, we are exploring other options and will continue to communicate with the Class of 2020 and their families as we get more information. Our decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interest of the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, staff, and community.
May 13, 2020 Update:
Superintendent Hohler sent a letter to the Class of 2020 with more information about our path forward. As always, the final decision will rest on guidance from our health officials to ensure health and safety.
We will publish a schedule for returning these items to school once we have official guidance from the Division of Public Health.
We are waiting for guidance from the Division of Public Health regarding when it will be safe to allow students or families into our buildings. When we have more information, we will communicate with families.
Please call the BSD Help Desk at 529-3100 and leave a message. You can also send an email to email@example.com with your child's name and school. We have provided additional resources for parents here.
Since the closure of our schools and the cancellation of student activities through May 15, District staff have been gathering information as to the number of cancelled activities and impact on families who provided advance funds and deposits for those trips. We are not able to issue checks with funds that are not in our possession. We are seeking refunds from the vendors/venues so we can return the funds to our families as quickly as possible. Due to the declaration of a National Emergency and closure of non-essential business, many of those vendors are unreachable at this time. District officials are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate with affected families as soon as we have additional information.
Families without internet access at home might be eligible for 60 days of free internet service through the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Customers who sign up will receive 60 days of complimentary service. To qualify, customers must be eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Medicaid, or SNAP. Customers can sign up for the service by visiting www.internetessentials.com or calling (855) 846-8376 for English or (855) 765-6995 for Spanish.
Comcast has also made additional Xfiniti wifi hotspots available to non-subscribers. Public hotspots are available in businesses and outdoor commercial areas. For more information and to view a map, please click here.
The College Board will develop online 45-minute free-response exams for each course. This year’s AP Exams will occur May 11-15 and May 18-22, with a make-up exam option of June 1-5. The complete exam schedule can be found here. Colleges are committed to ensuring AP students receive credit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (MPHS):
The 2020 examinations for Diploma Programme candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate that reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programme.
Can I go to the DMV and obtain my driver’s license?
DMV is NOT accepting or making appointments for new licensees (processing blue or white slips) until at least May 15, 2020. DMV is not giving the final exam or road test to driver education students.
Will I need to retake the entire class next year?
No, you will not need to retake the entire class next year. You will need to take the State mandated and regulated final exam and do the required driving hours with a certified Driver’s Education teacher. If the State of Emergency restrictions are lifted, we will offer the State exam and driving with certified driver’s education teachers during the summer. If the restrictions are not lifted this summer, we will have a plan to offer the State exam and schedule the required driving hours.
Can I drive with my parents in order to practice and/or earn the required hours?
It is not legal to drive prior to receiving a permit or driver's license from the DMV. A student’s final road test must be taken with a certified driver’s education teacher.