Waive digital learning for Georgia Seniors

Waive digital learning for Georgia Seniors

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Alexander Aybar started this petition to Governor Brian Kemp

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp announced that all public schools in Georgia will be digitally learning through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year, in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 
While this announcement comes as a shock for many families across the state of Georgia, one group in particular is most affected by this change: High School Seniors.
Across the state, thousands of students today are finding out that the hard academic work that they’ve put in for almost 13 years is amounting to cancelled celebration. Senior year in itself truly is a milestone—a time to celebrate your personal growth and anticipate all that lies ahead for our nation’s youth. A time for Senior Walks, Graduation Parties, Trips, Proms, and many more traditions that make being a senior so special. With the health requirements necessary to public welfare at this time of uncertainty, none of these once-in-a-lifetime traditions are allowed to happen for these students. While we understand the reason for this to occur for the safety and welfare of everyone, especially those with preexisting medical conditions that could be especially susceptible to contracting the corona virus, these cancellations are incredibly disappointing. We know they’re first-world concerns, but we’re only human, and while there’s no one to blame, this situation is still highly unfair to those that have been looking forward to these traditions for all of their lives.

We’re a resilient group, and we can handle not having many of these traditions. We understand the reasons for them not happening, and can justify the sacrifice as necessary for the greater good. However, the requirement by the state to finish the work for the school year that we no longer get to finish out feels like rubbing salt in a very fresh wound. It seems wrong to make seniors put in continued effort as they’re nearing the end of their high school careers without any payoff. Senior year is already a struggle academically with battle against what’s known colloquially as “Senioritis.” What we use to drag ourselves emotionally through the finish line is the recreational side of things. Without these, students are at a loss for motivation to finish the school year. Many students’ grades are going to suffer with the continuation of classwork online. Students and teachers alike are going to struggle in the coming months, and if these classes count towards grades, GPAs could be sacrificed, which will impact many of our college careers in terms of scholarships. This ongoing struggle could be avoided if classes for passing seniors were waived—those of us who have been successful through this point could finish their high school career strong and move on to their big, bright futures.

Our proposition is this: if students are on a track towards graduation and passing at this point, simply let them pass. Give us our diplomas without the added emotional toll, as a compromise. We gave you our senior year—it’s not much too much to ask that we get something in return. For those that would not be graduating, allow them the option of finishing things out online; it’s not impossible to bring up a grade at this point in the semester, but those that do not need it shouldn’t have to go through the potential sacrifice of their grade. 

We’re counting on you to look out for us in this time of trouble. Part of that includes making this time easier on those going through grief. Please, consider us. We have nothing else.

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