To Class of 2020, Parents/Guardians, Family, and Friends,
To say that the last few months of high school for the Class of 2020 has been anything but normal is an understatement. It has been met with changing deadlines, uncertain requirements, anticipation of announcements, and for many, a sense of loss. The Class of 2020 has gone from daily classroom learning, to an extended Spring Break, to Supplemental Educational Learning Opportunities, to Distance Learning For All – in less than one month. The students, staff, families and friends of our Seniors have been patient, and we appreciate all of you for your grace through this time of uncertainty.
On April 6th, LCSD reinstituted credit issuing classes for Seniors recovering missing credits needed for their diploma, dual credit college courses, and Early College courses in partnership with Oregon Coast Community College. Under the guidance of Oregon Department of Education (ODE), beginning April 13th all remaining high school credit issuing courses for all students will resume in digital, project based, packet based, or individualized formats. Many of our educators have already been reaching out to students to put steps in place for these credit earning courses to resume.
Today, ODE announced the 2020 Oregon Diploma Requirements. The standard 24-credit diploma remains to honor the last 12 years and 7 months of learning for our Seniors. For all Oregon Seniors passing necessary courses to meet 2020 graduation requirements as of March 13th, graduation requirements have now been met and LCSD courses in progress will be awarded a “P” for their final semester grade. The statewide grading scale of “P” (Pass) and “W” (Withdrawal) will be used for all Seniors for their 2nd semester of coursework. Neither a “P” or an “W” will impact G.P.A.
Those still needing to increase their grade to passing or are recovering credits towards their diploma will be contacted by their school counselor and teachers to develop an individualized plan to meet those requirements. It is our intention that ALL students in LCSD who planned to graduate in 2020 will meet the requirements. In addition, the Oregon Essential Skills and Personalized Education Plan requirements have been suspended for the 2020 Oregon Diploma. Those who are not on track, still have until August 31st to meet Oregon 2020 graduation requirements. Those who were on-track for an LCSD Honors Diploma, Honor Cords, or the recognition of other building level accomplishments will still be honored.
Graduating Seniors, we are not through with you yet, though. Our schools will continue to stay connected with all Seniors to support post-secondary goals and help complete items such as the FAFSA, college and career applications, scholarships, letters of recommendation, etc. We also have every intention to celebrate a formal graduation with as many of you as possible when restrictions are lifted and we can gather again. For those who may be moving on to your post-secondary plans before that can happen, we will work creatively to have you still be a part of our celebration. Although small events may take place along the way, we will work with school and parent groups to celebrate you in the way your hard work and accomplishments deserve.
For the next few days, teachers, counselors, registrars, and administrators will work through building procedures to support next steps for Seniors who have now completed all graduation requirements and make plans to support those still on their path across the finish line. By April 30, each student and family will be notified of their graduation status and plan.
Be Well Class of 2020! We are proud of you for what you have accomplished today and can’t wait to celebrate your class, your families, and friends in the future. We will be sure to make it a celebration that is worth the wait!
Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent
Majalise Tolan, Secondary Teaching and Learning Administrator