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Important Reminders about Exam Policy During COVID Restrictions

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Important Reminders about Exam Policy During COVID Restrictions
by Karol Kam - Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 12:32 PM

Good morning to our SCcyber family,

I hope you are all healthy and happy.

Many students have been wondering if further changes have been made to how exams will be administered since new restrictions were put in place yesterday.  Under yesterday's announcement, restrictions for K-12 schools have not changed so students working within the schools like SC or SK should still have access to their mentor on an appointment basis. At this time, we do not need to make further changes to the plan we put in place on November 27.  Just to review, this is the plan for exams until the restrictions are lifted:

The policy we put into place The following procedures will be in place for the duration of the current restrictions and school facility closures:
  • Students who still have access to their regular mentor or exam proctor will continue as usual.
  • Students that are unable to access their mentor or proctor because their school is shut down or they are not able to meet in a home due to the gathering restrictions will contact their teacher for assessment options. 
  • All SCcyber mentors will still be available via email and phone, even if they are not able to meet with their students in their centre or school at this time.  While regular schools are moving to online learning until Jan. 11/21, THEY ARE NOT CLOSED.  To our knowledge, all of our adult learning sites remain open at this time, either fully, or with students able to come to the centre on an appointment basis.  Please contact your mentor if you need support of any kind, if you need to come to the site for a test, or to use a computer or scanner, etc.
  • The assessment options mentioned above may include an alternate assessment such as an open book exam, or an exam that is virtually proctored by the teacher or mentor via Zoom. These options will be at the discretion of the teacher, with the unique situation of each individual in mind.
  • Students may also opt to write their class exams once they are allowed to attend their learning site or school, or meet with their proctor in person if/when gathering restrictions are lifted.  Please make sure if choosing this option, that you aren't allowing work to pile up.  You should be moving through all of your regular lessons at the suggested pace on the calendar, and only saving exams to do later.
  • The student will be responsible to communicate with their mentor and teacher if they need to use the alternate arrangements we are offering.
  • Grade 12 students should note that Alberta Education has made diploma exams optional for the rest of the school year, through August 2021.  Students that want to write the diploma exam even though it is optional need to contact their mentor and myself so we can make sure the registration is done at a convenient location for the student.  Students that do not write the diploma exam will be awarded their school-based mark as a final mark by Alberta Education.

Please note: We don't want anyone that lives alone to choose their proctor as one of their two allowed social contacts unless it is someone they would have chosen to socialize with anyway. It is very important for students that live alone to have access to the people they really need for mental and emotional support, and their proctor may not necessarily be in a close relationship with them.  If you can't see your proctor in person at this time, you are responsible to contact your teacher and mentor for further instructions.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, your mentor, or your class teacher.

Prayers for all of you as you continue to work towards your goals this semester.
Mrs. Kam