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Hillsborough schools; No exams, graduation options, and other updates

Routines continue to change as schools remain closed
 
Advanced Placement lets high school students take college-level courses and exams. The College Board created the AP program.
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Published April 3, 2020|Updated April 3, 2020

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TAMPA — School routines continue to change in Hillsborough County, including the time-honored ritual of final exams.

Those are cancelled this year, according to a memo that Superintendent Addison Davis sent the staff on Wednesday Instead, teachers will use other class work to determine final grades.

Davis’s PowerPoint, much of which was covered at Tuesday’s School Board meeting, is here.

Some highlights:

  • Non-seniors taking Algebra I can take the Geometry end-of-course exam next year and using a passing grade to satisfy the Algebra I requirement towards graduation (or take the SAT or ACT for a concordant score).
  • IB exams are cancelled. As with course final exams, student work will determine whether they pass or fail.
  • As of Tuesday, more than 150,000 “Grab and Go” meal packets had been delivered, More than 32,000 mobile devices were loaned out.
  • The second school choice application period has been postponed. The employee transfer period is under way. The district is hiring teachers for its Achievement schools.
  • The district is working actively on the problem of slow connectivity to Edsby, is communications hub. Possible solutions include pushing the Edsby company to be able to host all active members; or migrating to another platform, such as Canvas.

Nothing had been decided, as of Friday, about the graduation schedule. But a number of options are under consideration.

“Our goal is to preserve the graduation experience for our students, while adapting to ongoing developments,” Davis wrote in a letter to the families of graduating seniors.

Some of the options are outlined on this chart:

These are some of the options facing the Hillsborough County School District as graduation season approaches
These are some of the options facing the Hillsborough County School District as graduation season approaches [ Handout ]

They include holding graduations in July at the Florida State Fairgrounds, holding them during the summer at the high schools, or using a virtual format where student photos would be flashed on a screen.