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Graduation date to be set

With the Randolph-Henry High School Class of 2020 set to graduate in just weeks, Charlotte County Public School (CCPS) Superintendent Robbie Mason says a date for the graduation ceremony has not been set.

“We will hold a graduation ceremony for our seniors when we are instructed that it is safe to do so,” Mason said. “I do not know when that will be, but that will certainly occur.”

With the governor’s order to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, students will not be taking the annual Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for reading, math, and science as those have been canceled.

The Virginia Department of Education announced March 30 that the U.S. Department of Education officially granted the state the authority to waive federally mandated testing.

According to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, states have to administer annual tests for reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and at least once in high school, as well as science testing at least once in elementary, middle and high school.

When it comes to grading and how students will move to the next grade, Mason says CCPS is following guidance from the Virginia Department of Education to determine what the grading options are moving forward.

CCPS teachers have been provided with a complete list of standards, which have not been taught as of March 13.

According to Mason, teachers are working to determine the best way to incorporate these missed standards into instruction in the fall of 2020. Because CCPS started school in early August, most elementary and middle school standards have been taught for the school year, and much of the remaining time after March 13 would have been review.

“Decisions on final grades will be made in the upcoming weeks and communicated with students and parents,” Mason said.

According to Mason, CCPS is still continuing to serve students meals, even though schools are closed.

Last week, more than 5,000 meals were prepared and delivered to students.

Mason says seven days’ worth of meals are prepared and frozen once per week.

“These meals are delivered to various sites throughout the county the day after preparation,” Mason said.

For continuing updates on CCPS and for a list of meal options and delivery locations, visit their website at www.ccpsk12.org or find them on Facebook.