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Emergency Waiver of High School Graduation Credits and Pathways Class of 2020 and 2021 in the 2020-2021 School Year

Emergency Waiver of High School Graduation Credits and Pathways
Class of 2020 and 2021 in the 2020-2021 School Year

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The purpose of the emergency waiver program is to help prevent students from being negatively impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic.  The Credit and Graduation Pathway Waivers apply to the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in the 2020-2021 school year. Only students “Reasonably expected to graduate” during the 2021 school year may be eligible.  “Reasonably expected to graduate” means your student’s earned credits and current or planned enrollment would have been sufficient for your student to meet the applicable state minimum graduation requirements by the end of the school year.

Credit Waiver
Waived credit graduation requirements are limited to your student’s classes impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic. Up to two additional credits under this emergency waiver may be granted, provided that your student graduates with no fewer than 20 credits total.  The emergency waiver may be applied to core credits or flexible (elective) credits, provided that no more than one credit in each core subject area is waived.

Graduation Pathway Waiver

Your student’s graduation pathway requirement may be waived for eligible students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 after a school district has made a good faith effort to help the student meet their pathway requirement.


Process for Credit and Graduation Pathway Waivers

  1. Auburn School District counselors, administrators, students or families may initiate a waiver request.
  2. Once a waiver has been requested, the counselor or administrator will determine if other existing authority to waive credit is available which could include:
    1. Two-credit waiver of flexible (elective) credits
    2. PE Waiver as described in School Board Procedure 2410.4
    3. Non-credit Washington state history
  3. The counselor or designee will review your student’s completed and planned coursework to determine the student was reasonably expected to graduate and that your student has demonstrated postsecondary preparation.
  4. The counselor or designee will determine that all other options were exhausted to help your student including; complete coursework, address credit deficiencies, and meet core course and graduation pathway option requirements through other options that align with their High School and Beyond Plan.  These steps will be documented in your student’s cumulative file.
  5. The counselor or designee will meet with the individual student and parent or guardian of the student.
    1. The school district will consider if a waiver is appropriate for each student. If a waiver is appropriate for your student, the district will determine which waiver option is the least likely to impact your student’s postsecondary plans. Students have described their postsecondary plans in their High School and Beyond Plan.
    2. There could be benefits or limitations of receiving a waiver. A waiver could impact a student’s postsecondary plans. The district recommends contacting your student’s intended college, training, or apprenticeship program to determine any impacts of a waiver.
    3. Students/Families have the option to decline a waiver. If you choose not to accept a waiver, your student will have the opportunity to continue to earn credits to complete their graduation requirements or complete their intended graduation ‘pathway’ option. This may include your student staying enrolled beyond their planned graduation date.
  6. The counselor or designee will complete and submit the Class of 2021 Diploma Waiver Form.
  7. The Executive Director of Student Learning will review the Class of 2021 Diploma Waiver Form and may deny the request.
  8. The Executive Director of Student Learning will notify the principal that a Class of 2021 Diploma Waiver Form has been approved.  The principal may approve or deny the request.
  9. The Executive Director of Student Learning will notify the registrar of all approved waivers.
  10. The registrar will record waivers in the Credit Waiver Skyward Flag on the WA/NCLB tab as well as on the individual student transcript.
  11. An electronic record of approved/denied waiver requests will be maintained at the district office.

Appeal Process

If you apply for a waiver for your student and it is denied by the Executive Director or Principal, you can appeal the decision. All appeals will be reviewed by a group of school district professionals that includes at least one counselor and a school administrator. The appeal will be submitted to the On Time Graduation Committee who will make the final decision on your waiver request.


Data Disaggregation

All waivers will be reviewed and data disaggregated by race and subprograms.  If inequities are identified, then the On Time Graduation committee will convene a subcommittee to determine how to rectify the gaps.


The Auburn School District will implement this waiver in accordance with rules outlined in WAC 180-111-040 and WAC 180-111-050.