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COVID-19 Update: June Regents Exams Officially Canceled
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Dear Liverpool Central School District Parents and Guardians,
As I briefly mentioned in yesterday’s letter to families, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) officially announced this morning that the June 2020 Regents Exams have been canceled.
What does this mean for Liverpool students who currently are taking Regents courses and/or are approaching graduation in June?
Canceling the June 2020 Regents exams changes graduation requirements for students earning their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements. It also impacts students (in grades 7-12 during the 2019-2020 school year) who were “intending to participate in one or more of the June 2020 Regents Examinations.”
According to NYSED, students must meet one of the following requirements to be exempted from passing the assessments:
- The student is currently enrolled in a course culminating in a Regents exam and will have earned course credit by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
- The student is currently enrolled in a course culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the credit (and is granted diploma credit in August 2020); or
- The student was previously enrolled in a course leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit but did not pass the Regents exam. The student intended to take the test again in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.
Previously, NYSED announced that in the event the extended school closure interferes with a school or district’s ability to provide the full unit of study by the end of the school year, either in face-to-face instruction or through other methods, the student should be granted diploma credit if he or she has met the standards assessed in the provided coursework.
For more information, NYSED has posted the following Question and Answer document on its Web site: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-regents-grad-req-faq.pdf
I know that NYSED’s announcement is bound to bring up questions regarding our June graduation ceremony. At this time, no decision has been made, and we continue to make plans for the event, which is scheduled for June 20. As I wrote to a community member on Twitter recently, it is always a proud moment to watch our students, dressed in caps and gowns, accepting their diploma at graduation. I am confident we will find a way to celebrate the Liverpool High School Class of 2020.
Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools