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Virginia high school seniors on track to earn diploma still able to graduate

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:16:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. - State Superintendent announced that amid the closures of all schools, seniors will still be on track to graduate and even offered flexibility with the requirements.

Superintendent of Public Institutions, James Lane, says under Governor Northam's order for closure of schools, high school seniors who were on track to graduate will still graduate on time.

The superintendent says that seniors who were in a class with a needed SOL and seniors who have successfully completed a course required for graduation, but have not earned the associated verified credit, are still on track to graduate on time.

Lane said flexibility also is available for seniors who have not earned a required career and technical education credential, seniors who have not completed a fine or performing arts course or CTE course, seniors who were unable to complete sequential course requirements, and seniors who have not completed a course in economics and personal finance.

Action by the General Assembly is required for the waiver of requirements in the Code of Virginia for seniors who have not completed training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators and seniors who have not completed a virtual course.

The guidance issued by the Virginia Department of Education also gives an update of options for students in other grades. Options include utilizing remote learning, offering summer school, extending the current school year calendar or adjusting next year's, and incorporating learning modules, were offered in guidance.