May 21, 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
Last night at the Board of Education meeting, a parent approached the Board during public comments regarding the issue of how extra credit is awarded to students in classes at RHS. Subsequently, news organizations picked up on this complaint and were across the street at RHS after school today looking to speak with students.
This concern was recently raised with the administration and since then we have been investigating how teachers administer extra credit in their classes. Each teacher and department handles extra credit differently. The extra points allotted varies but in most cases it is quite small when looking at the overall total amount of points a student can accumulate in the quarter.
Some examples of how extra credit has been given in the past are: extra problems on a test, completing work that goes beyond the daily requirements of the class, or attending school activities and events beyond school hours. Some of these events have entrance fees, such as a school play or club fundraising activity. Attendance at events like these contribute to the overall positive culture of the school. However, the concern over a nominal fee at these events is what has brought this issue to light.
The administration will be looking at the information collected to determine if a school policy or procedure needs to be in place. When we have concluded our investigation, we will be informing you of our findings and if any changes to our policies and procedures will be implemented.
Thomas A Gorman, Ed.D.