Implement pass/fail system in Paterson for rest of the year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Implement pass/fail system in Paterson for rest of the year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the pandemic continues to make rapid progress in our City of Paterson many families and students are not only at an economical disadvantage but lack educational resources as well. It is inappropriate to burden students and families with work that is overwhelming. At this time we are urging Paterson officials to implement a pass/fail system in Paterson Public Schools for the remaining last two marking periods of the school year. Meaning that all grades up until the last two marking periods should be counted towards students' GPA. The pass/fail system would not reflect in students' GPA. 

Students more specifically should not be held accountable if they can not complete their school work to the fullest due to circumstances out of their control. In times such as this one, we understand that school must continue but to overwhelm students with work when a lot of students' mental health and well-being is in a precarious state is unfair. A question was asked by a student of the district and the first response was that “we’re focusing more on the workload than our families who might get the virus.” Amid all of the stresses and worries that come with the virus with the added anxiousness of being locked inside for at this point; over a month students are not mentally capable of producing work that still qualifies to even be on the traditional grading system. Moreover, students find themselves stressing and struggling in school work rather than focusing on their physical and mental well being. 


So, on that note we implore you to give leeway for our students and adopt a pass/fail policy for the remainder of the year. It would not only help alleviate some of the stresses that our students are facing trying to get grades for the finals two quarters, but it would help improve the overall mental health of everyone in the school district affected by this virus and by the uncertainty surrounding it. On behalf of the student body of the Paterson School District, we thank you for your time.