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The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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The Board of Education approved a proposal at its public meeting on Wednesday evening to schedule midterm exams at Columbia High School for Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22. The midterms would be administered virtually with students at home and teachers at Columbia High School.

In order to accommodate the testing requirements, Columbia will have a modified instructional day that consists of four testing/instructional sessions on each of the testing days. This would allow for two testing sessions per period/class.

If the course does not have a midterm or final exam, then the teacher would provide live virtual instruction for all students (“A”, “RA”, “B”, “RB”) in the class for those extended periods.

Tuesday, January 19 and Friday, January 22
Periods 1, 2, 3, and 4 meet to give a midterm exam/final exam or in some instances to provide live virtual instruction. 

  • Period 1: Exam Session #1 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 2: Exam Session #2 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 3: Exam Session #3 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 4: Exam Session #4 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (75 minutes)

Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21
Periods 5, 6, 7, and 8 meet to give a midterm exam/final exam or in some instances to provide live virtual instruction.

  • Period 5: Exam Session #1 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 6: Exam Session #2 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 7: Exam Session #3 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (75 minutes) 
  • Period 8: Exam Session #4 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (75 minutes)

The rationale for this scheduling change is that it provides a fair and equitable administration of midterm exams for full-year courses and final exams for half-year courses. Midterm exams account for 5% of the final course average for full year courses, final exams account for 20% for some half-year courses and final exams for some college courses account for up to 25% of the final grade.

These remote exams will also prepare students for future Regents and AP Exams, which may only be offered in a remote setting this spring.

“Our high school teachers have continued their efforts to establish consistent midterm examinations,” said Assistant Superintendent James McHugh. “It is important that we also continue to support the efforts which enhance academic integrity and equity.”