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Baltimore County public schools change final grading, graduation plans due to coronavirus

Baltimore County middle school students will receive “pass/fail” grades for their final grades of the year of the 2019-20 school year, and high school students can choose to receive a letter grade or the “pass/fail” option for each of their courses for their final grade, according to a Tuesday night update from the school system.

A letter grade will affect a student’s grade point average, but the “pass/fail” option will not. For the third and fourth marking periods, which are now combined and listed as “MP3/MP4” on report cards, all middle and high school students will receive passing or failing grades in lieu of a letter grade.

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Elementary school students will receive on the last two marking periods a grade of “Progressing" or “Not Applicable." The latter means that the skills and practices typically instructed during the marking period were neither taught nor evaluated, the school system previously announced.

The school year for seniors also has been extended by a week, with seniors’ last day moved from May 22 to May 29 “to allow students to complete all necessary work and to allow staff to input all grades prior to graduation,” the school system announced.

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Graduations for the Class of 2020 will be held online. A revised graduation schedule will be posted on the Baltimore County schools’ website when finalized, and the school system will consider face-to-face celebrations for graduating seniors when it is safe to do so, in accordance with orders from Gov. Larry Hogan.

On Wednesday, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon extended the closure of schools through the remainder of the academic year. The last day of in-person instruction for students in Maryland schools was March 13.

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