OCS COVID-19 Grading Protocol (updated 4/28/20)

  • OCS Logo The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction have provided local school districts with guidance on grading as students are learning from home due to COVID-19. Based on this guidance, Onslow County Schools has established the following grading protocol during the time students are learning from home.


  • Elementary (view detailed grading protocol) - UPDATED APRIL 28, 2020

    • Teachers will provide students with meaningful feedback to promote student growth.

    • Teachers will monitor the progress of students in order to provide academic support.

    • Grades K-5 students will not receive a final grades. OCS students will receive a final report card with grades for the first, second and third grading periods only (N1, N2, N3). Teachers will provide year-end written feedback for students/families based on their learning this school year.

    • Academic and social/emotional feedback will be used to help transition students into the new school year.

    Middle (view detailed grading protocol) - UPDATED APRIL 28, 2020

    • Students will receive feedback and grades on their remote learning assignments.

    • Grades will be recorded in PowerSchool and available for parents to see in the Parent Portal.

    • A student’s final grade will be recorded as a PC19 code or a WC19 code.

    Grades 9 – 11 (view detailed grading protocol) - UPDATED APRIL 28, 2020

    • Students will receive feedback and grades on their remote learning assignments.

    • Grades will be recorded in PowerSchool and available for parents to see in the Parent Portal.

    • At the end of the school year, students will have the choice of either having their final grade recorded as a numeric grade that will be calculated in their GPA or a final grade of PC19 or WC19.

    Seniors (view detailed grading protocol)

    • Seniors who were passing a course(s) as of March 13, will receive a PASS (PC19 Code) in PowerSchool instead of a numeric grade.

    • As of March 13, students who were not passing a course(s) needed to meet graduation requirements must continue remote learning on teacher identified standards until he/she improves to a passing grade. Once the requirements are met, students will earn a passing status (PC19 Code) in PowerSchool.

    • As of March 13, Seniors who were not passing a course(s) not required for graduation will have the option to continue with supplemental work to improve their grade to passing OR to withdraw from the course (WC19 Code).

    • All Seniors will need to meet the graduation requirements established by the OCS Board of Education with the exception of the CPR requirement which has been waived by the NC State Board of Education.

    • Although many Seniors will receive a passing status (PC19 Code) based on their standing as of March 13, they are encouraged to remain engaged in the learning and work to complete their courses.

    • Final grades earned in the fall semester (ending Jan. 17, 2020) have been stored in PowerSchool numerically and will be calculated as part of the final GPA. For Seniors, spring 2020 semester courses will not impact a student’s final GPA since no numeric grades will be earned. NCDPI has indicated that for yearlong classes, the fall semester portion of the grade will be stored as a standard numeric grade and included in a Senior’s GPA, but the spring semester portion of the course will follow the PC19 practice described above and not be counted in the GPA.