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DISTRICT UPDATE - April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020


Dear South Lake Schools Community:


I hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe, and with the opportunity to have a little fun.     


The South Lake Schools Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan was approved by the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD).  South Lake Schools received confirmation that our Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan was approved by the MISD.  We were also informed that the MISD will submit all plans in the County at the same time for approval from the State of Michigan.  Families may access the South Lake Schools plan at   


South Lake Schools outlines grading for students in our Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan.  All students will receive a grade for the second semester based on the following:  


Grades K – 5

Third Quarter:  Grading during this period of school closure will consider a student's grade at the time of closure as the lowest grade to be awarded.  A student’s third quarter grade will reflect the instruction and completed work provided prior to the mandatory closure of school on March 16, 2020.


Fourth Quarter:  Students will earn Standards Based marks for the fourth quarter based on the most essential instruction provided by their core teachers through June 12, 2020.   


Grades 6 – 11

Third Quarter:  A student’s third quarter grade will reflect the instruction and completed work provided prior to the mandatory closure of school on March 16, 2020.  Students will have until May 8, 2020, to complete missing work assigned prior to March 16, 2020, and the student’s third quarter grade will be no lower than it was as of March 16, 2020.   


Fourth Quarter:  Grading for the 4th quarter will be limited to a “Credit” (CR) or “Incomplete” (I).  In order to receive credit, students need to complete at least 60% of all assignments in each course.  In place of a failing grade, the student will receive a mark of “incomplete” (I).  Students who receive an “I” will be provided an opportunity to complete learning and earn the credit upon return to school or completion of credit recovery. Upon recovery of credit, the "I” on the student’s transcript will be changed to "CR". 


Semester Grade:  The semester grade will be the grade a student earned for the third quarter, but not less than the student’s grade as of March 16, 2020, given the student earns a “CR” for the fourth quarter.  Any student who earns an “I” for the fourth quarter will receive an “Incomplete” for the semester.  All students will be provided additional opportunities and supports to improve their semester grade through make-up assignments, exemption of non-essential grades, or completion of additional learning activities. 


Graduating seniors will have the opportunity to engage in remote learning to earn a passing grade in mandatory courses which are required for awarding a diploma by June 13, 2020. 

    • If a senior is behind in credits and it was already determined they would not graduate in June, they must complete a project-based portfolio, a resume, or other activity developed by the counselor in collaboration with the student’s teacher(s)/consultant(s) and approved by the building administration.
    • Personal Curriculum is an option for students to meet the graduation requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
    • Counselors at the High School will assist seniors in the final submission of their college applications.
    • AP exams will be administered on-line. AP teachers will be available via email, Schoology, or phone to conference with students for guidance on preparing for these exams.
    • If a student with a D or above wishes to improve their grade, the student should contact the teacher by email and copy a parent on the email. The teacher will determine through assessing the student’s ability against essential standards what the student will do to improve the grade. 
    • If a student has an F in a course, the student and parent will be contacted by the teacher. If the course is required to fulfill the Michigan Merit Curriculum, the teacher will copy the counselor and school administration.
    • Counselors will play an active role in communicating with teachers of seniors who need a class for graduation.
    • Seniors with an IEP will have their graduation requirements and transition plan reviewed by their caseload provider prior to graduation. 
    • All student work must be completed and submitted to teachers by June 1, 2020. Second semester grades will be submitted for each senior by June 8, 2020. 

Thank you again for supporting your child and South Lake Schools.  


Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent