Plan to Assist High School Seniors Graduate Due to COVID-19

Plan to Assist High School Seniors Graduate Due to COVID-19

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Brita Bocian started this petition to Dr. Kathy Knight-Burns and

      In a variety of ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the lives of billions around the world. However, there is one particular group of individuals that have been gravely affected: high school seniors. While there have been numerous attempts to continue the school year in the most "normal" way possible, the transition to online/remote learning has lead to a cluster of confusion, stress, and a heightened sense of anxiety that already has surrounded this time of uncertainty for those of the class of 2020. In an attempt to assist high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2020 asks for both the Florida Department of Education and Nassau County School Board to approve the switch to a pass/fail grading system for Spring courses. 

      There have been countless universities around the country that have made the transition to a pass/fail grading system, along with numerous high schools. For example, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the proposition to pass all high school seniors who were passing their classes as of March 13th- the final day before schools closed. Said seniors will receive a note on their transcript that they received a passing grade for those classes as opposed to a traditional A-F letter grade. The state also temporarily waived the requirement for school districts to require more than the minimum of 22 credits required by the state for graduation. 

      Switching to a pass/fail grading system will provide high school seniors with a sense of security and relief during this ever-so stressful time. The various universities and state departments that have transitioned to the recommended grading system have received a remarkably positive response to the decision from both students and administration. 

      Join the movement to assist in the graduation of high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic through pushing both the Florida Department of Education and Nassau County School Board to approve the switch to a pass/fail grading system for Spring courses. 

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