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San Diego Unified School District approves grade protection for students

Board also OKs hazard pay for some employees
Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:33:53-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Unified School District’s board approved “grade protection” for students’ work while distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a meeting Tuesday evening that was held remotely, the school board voted in favor of several measures aimed at helping “students, employees and schools continue to function amid this pandemic.”

Under the Grade Protection initiative, no student will receive a final academic grade lower than the grade they had before distance learning began. The district’s progress reporting periods were also temporarily suspended.

Time-and-a-half hazard pay -- retroactive to March 16 -- for district employees that helped distribute computers and meals to students was also approved during the meeting.

Additionally, the board OK’d an Emergency School Funding Resolution that called on state leaders to prioritize funding for public education during the crisis.

San Diego Unified’s virtual distance learning began with a soft launch on April 6, with graded online instruction slated to begin April 27.