We've been getting MANY questions concerning promotion and graduation of our students. The La Dept of Ed put out some guidance yesterday- it's about 6 pages long so we will try to sum it up here. (You can go to the state department's webpage, www.louisianabelieves.com if you want to see the whole document.) For the most part, whether or not a student is promoted and whether or not a student graduates is up to each local school district. We received a whole bunch of waivers for this year. Here's what we basically have as of now:
A- We have the option of taking the students' grades as of the last day we had school (March 13). If a student was failing, they will have the opportunity to bring their grade up through packets or virtual work. So, packets or virtual work could IMPROVE their grade but it could not make their grade any worse. We can also decide that the student was "close enough" and has not had the opportunity to bring their grade up due to the closing and allow them to graduate.
B- All standardized test requirements are waived. So, if they haven't passed an EOC but they've got the credits they need, they graduate.
C- The FAFSA requirement is waived (But still highly recommended)
D- IBC requirements are waived
E- We also can convert grades to Pass/Fail (but we really don't want to because this will create some issues with ranking and GPA so we probably won't).
(The ACT requirement for graduating juniors has also been waived, but we STRONGLY recommend taking it this summer.)
If we return on May 1, which is scheduled as of now, we will basically have 3 weeks to work on our non graduates' grades and make promotional decisions. If we don't return at all, these are a few guidelines we will use:
Promotion for all other students:
A- Again, these decisions will all be made at the school level
B- Same option with grades as our graduates- either give them what they had when we last met or give them the opportunity to bring the grades up through the packets or virtual work.
C- Each school will be putting out some things concerning these issues on their individual schools' facebook pages.
If you have questions, leave them here and we will try to answer them. Please keep questions on this post to only those involving promotion or graduation. It may be even better to call your child's school on Tuesday from 8:00-1:00 when someone is there to answer. You can also always email your child's school with any questions also.
Please be patient, I know you all want answers, but new situations are arising every day.