make finals non-hurt for ncp

make finals non-hurt for ncp

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Kinsey Weisenberger started this petition to Northside College Prep Admin

In the past week there has been an average of 10,000 new covid cases a day in Chicago alone. Across the district there are 11, 524 active cases between students and staff members. Additionally, students missed a full extra week of learning and content application right as we were adjusting to coming back from winter break. On top of all this, many of the student activities and events that normally balance the stress from the final exams and the rigor of Northside life in general have been cancelled due to recent surges in covid cases. Given all of these factors does it not seem unreasonable to continue finals week exactly as we would in a “normal” year?

We, the student body of Northside College Prep, are demanding that final exams be made unable to negatively affect semester grades to counter-act all of the additional stress and interruptions to our education during these unprecedented and extremely difficult times. This way teachers can still hold finals and assess students understanding of content, bur finals cannot hurt a student's grade and can only improve grades. Lane Tech, a school with a much larger student population and a similarly tough environment, has already effectively cancelled finals and we should follow their lead. No benefits of a normal finals week can outweigh the extreme exhaustion and burn-out that we are experiencing from everything that has happened this semester, especially in the past few weeks. 

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