Cherryville High School Principal’s letter seeks to answer questions about graduation requirements
Cherryville High School has been closed, as are all Gaston County and North Carolina public and private schools and colleges, since the coronavirus pandemic forced Gov. Roy Cooper to shut them down in March. There are hopes the state’s schools will get to re-open in May. (photo by MEP/The Eagle)
No information about graduation ceremonies at this time
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
In a letter sent out last week to CHS Seniors and their parents or guardians, as well as the school’s employees, Principal Kevin Doran set about answering the many and varied questions about senior graduation requirements.
Doran began his letter by thanking them for their “patience, understanding, and support during the unprecedented times” all of them are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Doran said, via email, the letter was sent in order to provide “information for high school seniors about academic programs, course credit, state testing, and graduation based on guidance provided by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.” In it, he asked the recipients to “Please read each section carefully.” There are five areas he touched on and how they each affect the student’s graduation this school year.
In his letter, Mr. Doran noted in the letter, regarding Course Credit and Graduation, that students in the Class of 2020 “will be able to graduate from high school by meeting or exceeding the State Board of Education’s (SBE) graduation requirement of 22 course credits. The minimum 22 credits must include all required courses as outlined in the SBE policy.”
He also noted that, “Seniors who were passing a spring semester course on March 13, 2020 will receive a passing grade for the course. This will appear on the transcript as ‘PC19.’ If students are eligible for a ‘PC19,’ they can continue to receive remote instruction, if they choose.
“Seniors who are enrolled in a yearlong course will receive the letter/number grade they earned for first semester and then receive a ‘PC19’ passing grade for the second semester, if they were passing the course as of March 13, 2020.”
He continued, “For seniors who were not passing a course as of March 13, 2020 that is required for graduation, they will be able to continue their coursework to obtain a passing status. A teacher, counselor, or administrator will contact the students (and their parents) who are in this situation to discuss options.”
“For seniors who were not passing a course as of March 13, 2020 that is not required for graduation, they will have the option to continue work for the course or withdraw from it. If students decide to continue working, but do not improve their grade to passing status by the end of the school year, they will receive a withdrawal status for the course. The withdrawal will appear on the transcript as ‘WC19,’” he said, adding that, “Seniors who satisfactorily complete the required 22 course credits as outlined in SBE policy will graduate from high school on their originally scheduled graduation date.”
Doran noted that, due to the nature of how the situation is proceeding on a day-to-day basis, “At this time, we do not have information about graduation ceremonies. Decisions about graduation-related events and other senior activities will be made later and are dependent on the coronavirus situation.”
As for the Advanced Placement (AP) Courses, Mr. Doran’s letter noted, “For students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course for the spring semester who were passing the course as of March 13, 2020, they will receive a ‘PC19’ passing grade for the course.
“Seniors who are enrolled in a yearlong AP course will receive the letter/number grade earned for the first semester and then a ‘PC19’ passing grade for the second semester, if they were passing the course as of March 13, 2020.
“Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP exam for the course. Teachers for AP courses will continue to provide instruction and test preparation materials remotely. Additionally, helpful resources can be found using the College Board link on the ‘Gaston At Home’ webpage.”
For those Career and College Promise (CCP) students, Doran’s letter noted that, “Students enrolled in a Career and College Promise (CCP) class for the spring semester, the classes are continuing through Gaston College.
“On their high school transcript, students will receive a ‘PC19’ passing grade if they pass the course. Their college transcript will include the actual letter/number grade. Students who want to withdraw from a CCP class should contact their counselor or an administrator.”
The letter continued, “For students who are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class for the spring semester and were passing as of March 13, 2020, they will receive a ‘PC19’ passing grade.
“If the course offered the opportunity for students to earn a credential, the teacher will continue to provide instructional materials and preparation for the credential assessment. A date for when students will take credential assessments will be announced later depending on the coronavirus situation.”
Lastly, Doran’s letter addressed the issue of “State Testing.”
In it he wrote simply, “Students will not be required to take end-of-course state tests this school year.”
Mr. Doran said he and his staff were thankful for everyone’s continued support of CHS.
If anyone has any questions about any of this information, Mr. Doran asked them to please contact the school office at (704) 836-9605, during the week.