May 6, 2020 – At the May Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to waive the local graduation requirement of a total of 24 credits for the class of 2020. As a result, the current senior class is now required to earn 21 credits as designated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Specifically, this lowers the math credit requirement from 4 to 3, lowers the health and physical education requirement from 1 credit each to a .5 credit, eliminates the Finance requirement, eliminates the completion of a career major, and eliminates the local requirement of CTE testing in certain programs. None of these requirements are as a result of MSDE policy and therefore, can be waived by the Caroline board.
In presenting this item to the board, Dr. Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services, explained that due to the unexpected closure of schools, the Continuity of Learning plan was developed to provide students learning opportunities at home. This has created inequities among students who are unable to fully access the plan. As such, for the class of 2020, these additional CCPS requirements were waived.
Regarding state waivers, the Maryland State Board of Education has waived both service learning and state assessment requirements for seniors, along with specific program requirements for Career and Technology Education seniors.
As a result of an extended school closure, equitable access to weighted courses in the 4th quarter was not possible. This subsequently impacts GPA calculations. It is for these reasons the Board voted to waive the Valedictorian policy for the 2020 school year.