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COVID-19 General Information
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General Closure Information
- Bellevue School District school buildings will be closed but remote learning is open for the remainder of the school year. All school buildings are closed to students and staff, with the exception of schools providing childcare and schools serving as technology and nutrition services hubs.
- All district play fields and playgrounds are closed.
- Building rentals are suspended until further notice. For building rental questions, please contact Nancy Larson: email@example.com or (425) 456-4500.
The Bellevue School District is providing childcare services for currently enrolled Bellevue School District students who are children of healthcare providers and first responders. Space is limited due to strict rules on social distancing and prevention practices. If you are a healthcare provider or first responder and are in need of childcare in order to work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue will also have limited sites open for childcare for first responders, healthcare workers and workers deemed essential by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The district is translating information into Spanish and Chinese. These are the languages, other than English, that have the highest number of families identifying them as their primary home language.
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Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
The College Board recently shared information regarding their plans for the 2020 AP Exams:
- Students may take a 45-minute online exam at home
- For each AP subject there will be two testing dates
- The exam will only include topics and skills most teachers already covered in class in March.
- The specific test dates and the free-response question types will be posted online by April 3, 2020
- Beginning on March 25, students and schools had access to free, live AP review lessons. Students can register for free AP Review classes online.
- The College Board has not provided any information regarding how they will support students who have testing accommodates; there should be more information provided on April 3.
- Students may test on any device they have access to – computer, tablet or smartphone
- There is flexibility for students with technology challenges to assure they have the tools and connectivity they need. Families may contact the College Board directly on the College Board website. Students can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they are encountering technology challenges.
- Students are highly encouraged to take the test but can choose to cancel the test at no charge.
The College Board has outlined steps students need to follow to be prepared to test
Please see the attached AP 2020 Exam schedule (PDF)
- Read the 2020 AP Testing Guide (PDF) and watch the overview video (YouTube). The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year’s exams.
- Encourage your student to practice with the exam demo. Students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
- Read the required and recommended resource list. Students need to know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.
Two Days Before Each Exam
- Confirm that registered students have located their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn’t received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn’t be shared with anyone. Students who haven’t been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.
- Remind your student to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (PDF) for each exam they’re taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they’re set up for success.
On Exam Day
- Remind students to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Students need to know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
- Ensure your students know what to do if something goes wrong. If your student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
Online AP Classes and Review Sessions (YouTube) will focus on the exam day experience and review new sample questions for all nonportfolio courses. These sample questions are available on each subject’s course page.
If you or your student have additional questions, please check our in-depth FAQ page for educators. The College Board has developed, and are regularly updating, this comprehensive list of answers to questions They’re hearing from students and educators. Other resources are available on cb.org/ap2020.
The Bellevue School District is encouraging all students who have registered for an AP Exam to proceed with their plans to take it. The district is committed to supporting students through the AP Exam process. The district will provide an update if one is needed following the April 3 information from the College Board. Please send questions to email@example.com.
Please refer to the College Board website for additional information.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Testing
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May exams for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Read the announcement on the International Baccalaureate website. Depending on what students registered for, students will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. Additional information about fees and make-up exams are available on the International Baccalaureate COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates page.