Letter for High School Seniors
April 8, 2020
Dear Students, Parents, and Employees:
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during the unprecedented times we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus.
This letter provides information for high school seniors about academic programs, course credit, state testing, and graduation based on guidance provided by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Please read each section carefully.
■ Course Credit and Graduation
Students in the Class of 2020 will be able to graduate from high school by meeting or exceeding the State Board of Education’s (SBE) graduation requirement of 22 course credits. The minimum 22 credits must include all required courses as outlined in the SBE policy.
Seniors who were passing a spring semester course on March 13, 2020 will receive a passing grade for the course. This will appear on the transcript as “PC19.” If students are eligible for a “PC19,” they can continue to receive remote instruction, if they choose.
Seniors who are enrolled in a yearlong course will receive the letter/number grade they earned for first semester and then receive a “PC19” passing grade for the second semester, if they were passing the course as of March 13, 2020.
For seniors who were not passing a course as of March 13, 2020 that is required for graduation, they will be able to continue their coursework to obtain a passing status. A teacher, counselor, or administrator will contact the students (and their parents) who are in this situation to discuss options.
For seniors who were not passing a course as of March 13, 2020 that is not required for graduation, they will have the option to continue work for the course or withdraw from it. If students decide to continue working, but do not improve their grade to passing status by the end of the school year, they will receive a withdrawal status for the course. The withdrawal will appear on the transcript as “WC19.”
Seniors who satisfactorily complete the required 22 course credits as outlined in SBE policy will graduate from high school on their originally-scheduled graduation date. At this time, we do not have information about graduation ceremonies. Decisions about graduation-related events and other senior activities will be made later and are dependent on the coronavirus situation.
■ Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
For students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course for the spring semester who were passing the course as of March 13, 2020, they will receive a “PC19” passing grade for the course. Seniors who are enrolled in a yearlong AP course will receive the letter/number grade earned for the first semester and then a “PC19” passing grade for the second semester, if they were passing the course as of March 13, 2020.
Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP exam for the course. Teachers for AP courses will continue to provide instruction and test preparation materials remotely. Additionally, helpful resources can be found using the College Board link on the “Gaston At Home” webpage.
■ Career and College Promise (CCP)
For students enrolled in a Career and College Promise (CCP) class for the spring semester, the classes are continuing through Gaston College. On their high school transcript, students will receive a “PC19” passing grade if they pass the course. Their college transcript will include the actual letter/number grade. Students who want to withdraw from a CCP class should contact their counselor or an administrator.
■ Career and Technical Education (CTE)
For students who are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class for the spring semester and were passing as of March 13, 2020, they will receive a “PC19” passing grade. If the course offered the opportunity for students to earn a credential, the teacher will continue to provide instructional materials and preparation for the credential assessment. A date for when students will take credential assessments will be announced later depending on the coronavirus situation.
■ State Testing
Students will not be required to take end-of-course state tests this school year.
Thank you for your continued support of our school. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the school office.