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Note: this post is part of a series about Noble’s preparation for the upcoming school year.

Every year the Noble Student and Parent Handbook goes through a thorough formal vetting and review process where voices from our Noble community shape revisions and updates to our policies and practices. Parents, students, alumni, and staff engage in multiple rounds of focus group conversations. Principals and campus leadership teams weigh-in on policies and language, and the document is examined from a lens of equity and equitable outcomes before a final legal review and approval.

Given the nature of the upcoming semester, a few additional changes were made to ensure our students have an equitable experience during remote instruction.  Here’s a look at some of those key changes:

1. Promotion Policy
For the 2020-2021 school year, only the Academics portion of the promotion policy will be in effect. Students must pass and earn the credits from all classes in which they are enrolled during the regular school day and school year. Students who fail a class will be required to enroll in a corresponding makeup class in order to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate. The attendance, enrichment, discipline, and health & fitness criteria will be waived (students still need to pass PE as a course which will include the NobleFit Health Content Assessment).

2. Student Code of Conduct
Demerits will not be issued and no detentions will be issued. Campuses will have a clear place to identify behaviors of concern and a method to track that students exhibiting these behaviors have support. If student misconduct occurs that is egregious, meaning it poses immediate and continuing threat to the safety of students and/or staff, suspensions will be considered but must be in consultation and with the approval of the Director of Student Culture and Support.

3.  Dress Code
While we have a remote setting, uniforms will not be required. This preserves an equitable experience for students coming to campus in person along with those remaining fully remote. Students are encouraged to wear Noble or campus gear.

4. Student Fees
Due to unprecedented times, Noble will waive the $90 first semester fee.

5. Technology Access
To ensure that all students have the tools they need to engage fully with remote learning, all Noble students will receive a personal device upon enrollment with Noble. Returning students will use the device they received in the spring, or receive a device if they did not have one in spring. New students will receive more information about device pickup soon. Those devices will be gifted to students upon successful graduation from our campus. If a student must transfer out before graduation they must return the device. All students will be asked to sign an acceptable use policy for the devices for the year, more information coming soon.

Parents and students received this language directly from their principals over the past few days. If for some reason you didn’t receive those communications please check in with your campuses’ main office to make sure your email is correct.

As always the 2020-2021 Student and Parent Handbook is available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin at Nobleschools.org.

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