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State issues guidance after cancelling June Regents

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More guidance was issued yesterday about the recently cancelled June Regents exams for high school students in New York State, which education officials have developed into three specific criteria:

Students enrolled in and passing a Regents class will be automatically exempt, so long as their instructor authorizes they have completed all required credits for the course.

Those who are failing the class are required to return for summer instruction and will get their diploma in August, pending completion of all necessary credits.

If a student was previously enrolled in a class and achieved course credit, but needed to take the test for a passing score, they will also be exempt from having to do so.

June Regents exams were cancelled by the latest executive order issued Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Flexibility has been given to each individual district to determine where students fall under these categories.

Cortland Schools Superintendent Michael Hoose and Homer Superintendent Tom Turck spoke at length with WXHC about the new process, along with several topics related to the many adjustments handled by each district during the historic COVID-19 pandemic.

Both are incredibly proud of their respective communities for the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers jumping in to help.

Stay tuned for that conversation on this Saturday morning’s Meet Cortland County segment airing at 9 am.

The following statement was made by New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta:

“This is the right decision that will allow our students and their families to first and foremost focus on being safe and healthy without having to stress about preparing for traditional end-of-year exams this June. We thank Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, the Board and the Department for putting students first with changes to state exam requirements that still allow their hard work toward achieving a diploma to be recognized without penalizing them during this unprecedented crisis.”

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