C-I secondary students to return to the classroom; grading policy updated

Principal Jennifer Strom said the new grading policy is due to challenges students have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Gindorff's human biology class, wearing masks and sitting desks apart for social distancing, study their books Thursday, Sept. 3, at Crosby-Ironton High School. Pictured are Hayley Hanson (front left), Bella Sablan (front right), Karli Nixon (back left), teacher Mike Gindorff, Jacob Oney and Emma Stokman. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Seventh through 12th graders at Crosby-Ironton will return to the classroom Jan. 20 after nearly two months of distance learning, High School Principal Jennifer Strom said in a letter to families Tuesday, Jan. 5.

While more information on the learning model shift will come in the future, Strom outlined in detail a change to the school’s grading policy in light of COVID-19.

“The staff at the Crosby-Ironton Secondary School recognizes the difficulties that students have faced during Hybrid and Distance Learning first semester and so we have made some adjustments to the grading scale,” Strom said in a letter to families.

With the change — which will only affect first semester grades — students with percentages between 70-100% will receive an A through C- on their report card or transcript. They will also be able to formally request a P (pass) instead of a letter grade in the guidance office.

Those with 50-69% will receive a P and earn credit for the class while not affecting their GPA. Students can formally request a letter grade instead of P in the guidance office.


Those with 41-50% will receive IP (in-progress). They will have to complete a set of assignments or tasks from the teacher, and once those are completed, the students will earn a P. Any work not made up by the end of the 20-21 school year would result in NC (no credit). Students will be ineligible to participate in school activities until the grade is changed to a P.

Students with grades below 40% will receive NC and must complete credit recovery through Acellus. This will not affect a student’s GPA, but they will be unable to participate in school activities.

Those with questions should contact Guidance Nickie Doyle at or 218-545-8816 or Strom at or 218-545-8815.

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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