Staff Update 04-17-20

Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/17/2020

Dear Pfamily,

Earlier today, Governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order to close all schools in the state of Texas for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Pflugerville ISD, along with all other districts in the state, will comply with this executive order and continue our remote learning that is currently in place for the rest of the school year. Although our buildings remain closed, students will continue to receive instruction and assignments through our Remote Learning platform.

We know this news will be difficult for many of our students and staff to take in. Our students want to return to school and see their friends and classmates. Our teachers are missing their students just as much. When we are able to return to school, we will be one big Pfamily together in one place, but for now, we must be together in spirit while remaining apart.

This closure through the end of the school year is not how our seniors envisioned their last year of high school, and we are especially heartbroken for them. The district wants to provide our seniors with the experience of walking across the stage and receiving their diploma. We have not yet postponed our graduation ceremonies currently scheduled for May 30; however, we have secured Aug. 4 as a back-up date with the Frank Erwin Center for graduation. In addition to the back-up date, we are also exploring other options to provide our seniors with a graduation experience, including potential virtual options and other venues such as The Pfield, as we do not know what orders our city and county will be under this Summer.

Just as we have transitioned from our brick and mortar buildings to our homes, this unprecedented situation has also caused us to reconsider and transition our grading policies, regulations, and guidelines to fit our new reality. After much discussion and careful thought, our Board of Trustees approved adjusted grading guidelines and policies for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We believe these new guidelines will allow us to measure a students' mastery of the district curriculum, provide timely and meaningful feedback to students and parents, and allow for multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of learning while at home.

A detailed outline of our COVID-19 grading guidelines can be found here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_1EQXrcM_Vq-DpZW25nERzY3hoapxpyRcsJydp1_8yM/edit?usp=sharing. This outline will also be shared on our Remote Learning Website and the district's Coronavirus webpage.

Highlights of the COVID-19 Grading Guidelines include:

  • PK-8 grade assignments/4th 9-weeks/semester grades will be evaluated using a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) system.
  • 9-12 (including middle school courses that issue high school credits) assignments/4th 9-weeks/semester grades will receive numerical grades; grades below a 70 will earn an Incomplete (I).
  • The calculation of the grade point average and class rank for the classes of 2021, 2022, 2023, [and 2024 (note: for current eighth-graders taking high school-level courses, e.g., algebra)], will not include grades from the 2020 Spring semester.
  • For graduating Seniors, final GPA and class rank will be determined using final semester grades from Fall 2019.

Again, there are more details outlined in the complete COVID-19 grading guidelines linked above. Please reach out to your campus Principals with questions or if you need support implementing these guidelines.

Please continue to monitor our website for further information and updates, www.pfisd.net/coronavirus.

I am proud of each and every one of our students and teachers for how they have handled our transition to remote learning. Whether you are using online resources or our paper packets that are available, our Pfamily has not let learning stop through all this change. We are all in this together as one big Pfamily and we will continue to passionately serve in the best interest of students in PfISD.

Thank you,

Dr. Doug Killian
PfISD Superintendent of Schools