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Temporary Grading Policy   

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The Board of Trustees is committed to the value of high-quality educational experiences that provide meaningful feedback on student achievement. The Board recognizes that learning in the virtual (distance learning) environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic creates unique situations and challenges for students and teachers. This temporary grading policy is intended to address one of those challenges.

For all grade spans, the District shall ensure that grades earned during the duration of District school site closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be recorded as credit/no credit, which is a system based on non-letter grades. Credit/no credit grades will not be averaged in a student's Grade Point Average (GPA), and credit grades will not negatively impact graduation status.

This temporary policy is based on current guidelines provided by the California Department of Education, FAQs on Grading and Graduation Requirements. This policy will be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with these current, and any future, California Department of Education guidelines. This temporary policy is also based on current assurances by all universities in the UC/CSU system, as well as many other colleges and universities, that they will accept credit/no credit in lieu of letter grades for all incoming students. Should these assurances materially change, so that a significant number of colleges and universities place new limits on or prohibit accepting credit/no credit in lieu of letter grades, the Board shall promptly revisit this temporary policy.

To the greatest extent possible, this temporary policy is to be interpreted consistently with other Board Policies and Administrative Regulations governing student grades. To the extent this temporary policy is inconsistent with those Board Policies and Administrative Regulations, this temporary policy and its accompanying regulation will control.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation Of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma Or Transcripts)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that teachers receive the necessary guidance, professional development and collaboration to implement an effective credit/no credit grading program in accordance with this temporary policy.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4131.1 - Teacher Support and Guidance)

In addition, the District will develop a corresponding Administrative Regulation to this temporary grading policy, which shall provide more detailed guidelines. The Superintendent or designee will ensure that these guidelines are promptly communicated to staff, students, and parents/guardians.

The Board recognizes that the policy is temporary and it is specific to the unique situations and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy will sunset at the end of the 2019-20 school year, or based on determination by the District that its school sites are safe enough to reopen, whichever is sooner.

Legal Reference:


49067 Mandated regulations regarding student's achievement


Executive Order N-26.20, dated March 13, 2020


FAQs on Grading and Graduation Requirements, last updated April 6, 2020,

New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools, last updated April 3, 2020,


adopted: April 9, 2020 Vista, California