Teachers express concern for failing students

As AMI days have become the new normal for the rest of the school, students are having to change their work habits. Although a fragment of students have not been in touch with teachers.
Students who failed the first semester and third quarter still have a chance to bring up their grade.
“In terms of students that failed…I have asked teachers to work with students that failed the 1st semester or the 3rd quarter,“ principal Paul Griep said. “Since we don’t know what summer school will look like, we should take advantage of the time that we have now. Once a student brings their grade to passing, Mrs. Bennett can make the change on the transcript.”
According to Griep, in order for students to bring and keep their grades up, students need to stay connected with their teacher through google classroom, emails, and zoom meetings. For those students who aren’t staying in touch, teachers will reach out.
“I know a few have reached out to me as their counselor to see if I have been in contact with students,” counselor Jennifer Hatch said. “Counselors have also reached out to teachers to see if they have heard from students. I know they are also calling home as well and speaking to parents.”
Senior currently in a credit recovery still must finish their work to receive credit for that class.
“Our teachers and counselors have been working hard to reach out to our seniors who still need to meet graduation requirements whether it is through credit recovery, virtual classes, or if they failed a 3rd quarter class,” Hatch said.
Every quarter the D’s and F’s list goes out to parents via email or phone during week five of the quarter. This quarter the teachers have been asked not to wait.
“Rather than waiting until week number five, I have asked teachers to reach out to students and their parents if they are not completing work or staying connected,” Griep said.
According to Griep some students are falling behind. This could be due to them working to support their family.
“I know that we have some students that have fallen behind. Either they are working, supporting their family,” Griep said, “I have asked our teachers and my APs to reach out to students that are falling behind so we can gain an understanding of how we can support the students.”
According to counselor Jennifer Sugg, staff must be mindful of how this time is affecting families.
“At the state and district level are directives and our heart is to support first socio-emotional needs, and then academics during this crazy time,” Sugg said. “So many families are affected in so many ways, from no internet, to loss of employment for parents and themselves, or they are having to babysit younger siblings or share their Chromebook or work for the first time to help support their family. We are all mindful of that.”