Seniors are done

The Arkansas Department of Education says that high school seniors in good standing have met graduation requirements.

Arkansas seniors are getting a break due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

High school seniors, that is.

Seniors who are on track to graduate and in good standing as of the 3rd nine weeks reporting period will be considered “as meeting the graduation requirements” for the state of Arkansas, the Department of Education said Saturday.

School districts may still implement local policies for honor graduates and class rank and may make local decisions regarding end-of-year engagement for current high school seniors regarding graduation.

“We encourage districts to find ways to continue to support seniors’ next steps, such as assisting with FAFSA, scholarship applications, applications for post-secondary opportunities, etc.,” the ADE said in a statement.

Seniors who were not on track to graduate must be given the opportunity for credit recovery.

Students enrolled in courses for weighted credit, such as AP or IB, should still receive weighted credit regardless of the ability of a student to take an AP/IB/or other assessment.

Completion waivers have been approved for current seniors for the following:

-- Civics exam

-- CPR

-- Digital Learning

-- Personal Finance

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