Distance Learning Plan FAQs- COVID19

TPHS Distance Learning Plan 

Frequently Asked Questions

Credit Only Vs. Letter Grades

If my student chooses the “credit only option”, how will his current GPA be affected?

If your student elects to receive “Credit Only” in their classes, they will receive credit towards meeting graduation requirements. The credit will not be factored into their GPA and their GPA will remain the same. 

If my student elects the “credit only” option, will her overall GPA change?

If your student elects to receive “Credit Only” in their classes, they will receive credit towards meeting graduation requirements. The credit will not be factored into their GPA and their overall GPA will remain the same. 

Is it possible to elect the “credit-only” option for some classes, and choose to receive letter grades for other classes? How will this be factored into my student’s GPA?

Yes. Students may elect to receive credit-only in some of their classes and attempt a letter grade for others. The classes that students elect for a letter grade will be factored into their GPA and count towards graduation requirements. If your student wishes to receive a letter grade for the completion of the course, he must email his teacher by April 24th.

AP Courses

If my student elects “Letter Grades” for her AP class, will the grading scale remain the same?

Yes. Your student’s grade will be factored in her GPA. The 5.0 scale will be taken into account only if your student takes the AP Exam. 

Does my student need to complete their AP course even if they are not taking the AP exam?

Yes. Your student will need to meet all requirements deemed as essential by their instructor. AP class requirements may vary by class. Students should speak to their AP instructors individually. 

Where can I obtain information about the AP exam?

For the most up to date AP Exam information, please refer to the CollegeBoard website. Their website is https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

Is there a plan for AP testing? 

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administration will not take place.
  • For the 19-20 exam administration, students that signed up to take the exams will be able to take a 45-minute online exam at home, or anywhere that there is WIFI available. Please stay tuned for an update from the school regarding WIFI access for exams.
  • Exams will be mobile friendly and can be completed on a computer, tablet or phone.
  • For each AP exam, there will be two dates to choose from for when students assess. We encourage students to consult with their AP teachers on a learning and testing plan. 
  • If after consulting with their AP teacher a student that signed up for the exam feels uncomfortable with their decision, they may decide to back out of the exam, without incurring the $40 drop fee. However, the College Board will not be issuing refunds for those that already committed to take the AP Exam. 
  • Access to all review materials have been made readily available to all AP students through their AP Central accounts.
  • If your student is having trouble accessing their accounts and cannot login after attempting to retrieve or reset their passwords, they will need to contact the College Board’s helpline at (888) 225-5427.

Senior Questions

My student is a senior and has a C- in his Michigan Virtual class. Does he still need to complete work in that class for the remainder of the year?

Yes. Because the platform for online classes remained the same, students were instructed to continue to work through their online classes during the closure. Students must continue to meet class requirements for the remainder of the year in order to earn credit for the class. For questions, students should check with their online instructor and facilitator.

Will class ranking and Top Ten status be affected if I choose the “credit only” option?

No. Electing “credit only” will not have any effect on Top Ten or class rankings.

Is it possible to do some of our Senior events, like Graduation, virtually?

It’s definitely a possibility. We are currently looking at non-traditional ways to celebrate our seniors. Once plans have been finalized, we will communicate updates to families.

My student is a senior and is currently passing with a C-. Does he need to continue to complete assignments in their AP course even if they are not taking the AP exam?

Yes. In order to earn credit for the class, your student must continue to complete the essential learnings in their AP course. It is recommended that your student speak with his AP teacher for additional guidance.

How will I pick up my cap and gown and my senior t-shirt?

We will be in contact in the upcoming weeks about the pick up of remaining Senior items.

Personal Belongings

How will students go about returning school laptops?

Currently our building is closed for the remainder of the school year. Once we have guidance to reopen, we will communicate procedures for laptop returns.

My student has things in her locker. Will I be able to pick those items up?

Currently our building is closed for the remainder of the school year. Once we have guidance to reopen, we will communicate procedures for pick-up of personal belongings to our families. Please rest assured that your items are safe.

Are there any changes to the end of the school year?

Our building is currently closed for the remainder of the year. Please be sure to refer to the weekly emails and phone calls for updates. 

How can parents support and help our students?

  • Continue to encourage your student to engage with each of their teachers on a weekly basis. 
  • Ensure that your student stays up to date on the essential learning needed to earn credit in their courses. 
  • Encourage your student to attend their teacher’s Office Hours each week.
  • Check your student’s grades on Infinite Campus each week.
  • Reach out to your student’s teachers with questions or concerns. 
  • Let your student know that you are proud that they are continuing to persevere through the remainder of this year.
``