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Virginia education superintendent provides guidance regarding graduation

25 March 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


The Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, James Lane, announced that despite the closure of schools for the rest of the academic year, high school seniors on track to graduate this spring will be able to do so. Lane released guidance for school divisions to determine who is eligible to graduate.

High school seniors in the following categories will be able to graduate on time:

  • Students currently enrolled in a course for which they need a standard or verified credit in order to graduate
  • Students who have successfully completed a course required for graduation, but have not earned the associated verified credit
  • Students who have not passed the required student-selected SOL test
  • Students who are currently enrolled or have previously completed a course leading to a CTE credential necessary for a standard diploma but have not yet earned the credential

Lane also stated flexibility is available to seniors who:

  • Have not completed a United States and Virginia history course
  • Have not completed a fine or performing arts or CTE course
  • Were unable to complete sequential course requirements
  • Have not completed an economics and personal finance course

The following graduation requirements will require action by the Virginia General Assembly in order to be waived:

  • Students who have not completed training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of automated external defibrillators, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Students who have not completed a virtual course

Students enrolled in cosmetology or master barber courses will be eligible to take the licensure examination if their instructor submits a training verification form certifying the student completed the Virginia Department of Education required training, regardless of hour amount.

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