With schools closed to students until at least the summer, the Ketchikan school district will consider suspending some high school graduation requirements for seniors.
Usually, seniors are required to take college entrance exams, complete 100 hours of paid or volunteer work and complete a state job application to graduate. But the coronavirus has made it difficult for some students to fulfill those requirements.
So Superintendent Beth Lougee says she’s asking Ketchikan’s school board to suspend those requirements for this year’s class.
“The school counselors [and] the principals have done a credit check of where our seniors are, and we want to make sure that through this, we support them the best we can,” she said by phone Wednesday. “It came down to approximately 30 students who were still working in those three areas that we’ve laid out.”
Ketchikan’s school board will take up the request at a special meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. It’ll be streamed online at the district’s website.
Those who’d like to comment on the policy change can email the school board clerk at Kerry.Watson@k21schools.org prior to 3 p.m. Thursday.