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April 17th Message on Graduation Guidance

April 17, 2020

Dear CMSD Seniors,

I am writing to give important updates for the Class of 2020.

As you know, I have been advocating that any high school senior in Ohio who was on track in the third quarter before the statewide shutdown should be eligible to graduate this year.

Today, I am releasing details of what each senior needs in order to receive your diploma.

It’s really pretty simple. For this year, because of the unexpected school closures statewide, all you need to do to earn your diploma is to complete 20 credits, including required credits in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, health and the fine arts. That’s it! No testing. No capstones. No service hours. No certifications. No seals. Just earn 20 credits, and you’ll graduate.

So, the most important question is how do you finish your 20 credits if we’re not in school? For the remainder of the year you must engage with your teachers to continue your learning. You will graduate!

You might be wondering, but what if I was in credit recovery? Work with your credit recovery teacher to complete your assignments and earn your credit and stay engaged with your other teachers to continue learning. You will graduate!

You might also be wondering, but what happens if I messed up third quarter and was failing a class? If you had one or more F’s in third quarter, you can complete a personalized learning plan with your teacher to pass that class. Stay engaged with the rest of your teachers to continue your learning, too. You will graduate!

To learn more, download the Graduation Guidance guide. I’ll be mailing it to you this week as well.

Finally, don’t forget to complete your FAFSA, your Say Yes scholarship application and your college entry requirements as well so that you’re ready to use that diploma after you graduate.

And watch for future communications regarding important senior events such as prom and graduation. I don’t know yet when we’ll be allowed to be together again, but I know these are important events for you, and I haven’t forgotten them.

Stay safe and healthy, stay engaged with your teachers to continue learning. You will graduate!

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Eric Gordon

Eric S. Gordon

Chief Executive Officer