Governor Brown Lets Seniors Graduate Amid Ongoing School Closure

Madalena Larkins 

The Charter News

4/15/20

“It wasn’t our choice to start a pandemic our senior year, and we don’t deserve to not graduate because of it,” announced Paige Stickney, an ACA senior.

On April 8th, Governor Brown announced that all schools in Oregon would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, and distance learning would continue for all students not in the graduating class of 2020. High school seniors who were passing all of their classes before schools closed in mid-March won’t have to continue distance learning— they’ll instead receive full credit and graduate with a “Pass” instead of a letter grade.

For those who aren’t on track to graduate, Brown says, “I am asking school districts to focus… their efforts [in] finding creative ways to get these seniors the extra attention they need to get across the finish line.” Seniors who didn’t have passing grades when schools closed have until August 31st to earn the credit they need to graduate in the class of 2020.

Taylor Younger, another ACA senior, notes: “I think [Oregon officials] made the best decision they could for the seniors.” 

Before the announcement, “there never was a minute in the day I didn’t think about how I was going to graduate,” noted Younger. “My senior year was taken from me. Ripped out of my fingers when I was so close to feeling finished.” 

Sources:

Brown, Kate. Governor’s office, Press Office news releases. 8 Apr. 2020.

https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=36318. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

May, Caitlyn M. “Oregon schools out for the year, seniors can graduate.” Gazette Times.  8 Apr. 2020. https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/oregon-schools-out-for-the-year-seniors-can-graduate/article_524c8ba9-4934-5f10-9ee0-1dbcb6062449.html. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

Stickney, Paige. “Re: Article About Decision to Let Seniors Graduate Amid School Closure.” Received by Madalena Larkins. 10 Apr. 2020. 

Younger, Taylor. “Re: Article About Decision to Let Seniors Graduate Amid School Closure.” Received by Madalena Larkins. 11 Apr. 2020.

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