Seniors: Class of 2020

Seniors! We know you have questions about the impacts that remote learning will have on everything from grades and graduation to events (prom!) and exams.

We created this FAQ just for you. #2020Strong!

But first, a note from Washington’s four-year colleges and universities

In a joint statement from the Council of Presidents and Independent Colleges of Washington, the colleges made the following commitments for fall 2020 admissions:

  • Moving all activities related to admitted student programs, transfer advising, prospective student events and campus visitations to a virtual experience/ platform, or we have made the decision to cancel events.
  • Integrating flexibility into admissions processes to ease, to the extent possible, the disruption for fall 2020 applicants. Each university or college has institutional microsites dedicated to COVID-19 information, including details about fall 2020 admission decisions and deadlines.
  • Recognizing that while students must satisfy high school graduation requirements and meet minimum college admission requirements for freshman, our institutions will not disadvantage 2020 fall applicants due to the pandemic’s effects on education delivery.
  • Identifying points of contact for each institution’s Admissions Office for further information.

Submit your questions

We want to be sure to answer all your questions, so if you have one that hasn’t been answered yet, please submit it using our Senior Questions form and the answer will either be posted to the website or someone will contact you.

Messages to seniors

Notes from Battle Ground High School administrators

Video from Reykdal
About nine minutes into this video, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal speaks to Washington’s commitment to your future.

FAQ by topic

We will continue to update this page as we receive more information. Have a question? Ask it here.

Questions are categorized by topic.

Graduation

All graduations will happen on the same dates as planned; however, this year’s graduation ceremonies will be held virtually and as drive-through diploma pickup/celebrations.

At its April 27 meeting, the school board approved funding for the Herff Jones Virtual Graduation for our seniors. A virtual graduation ceremony is a pre-recorded “event” that will be shared electronically among participants on the evening of your school’s graduation date. It will include speeches, congratulations, and student recognition. The virtual ceremony will be a keepsake that students will have for a lifetime. 

Students will be asked to submit images to include in their school’s virtual ceremony. Watch for instructions from your high school in the near future about how to submit your personal images.

Diploma pickups and virtual graduations are scheduled for 7 p.m.:

  • Battle Ground High School – June 5
  • CAM Academy – June 3
  • Prairie High School – June 4
  • River HomeLink – June 8
  • Summit View High School – June 9

If coronavirus restrictions are lifted such that it becomes feasible to hold additional in-person senior celebrations in the next few months, your school will contact you at that time to gauge interest.

We are working with our vendors to plan a new pick up date for the delivery of these materials.  Schools will communicate to seniors a pick up date when it is safe to do so.

Each school will have a different last day for Seniors depending on your graduation date. The last day of schooling for Seniors will be on the date of your school’s virtual graduation ceremony. All senior work will need to be turned in and completed on or before your graduation date. You will have until June 12 to return your Chromebook, textbooks and pay all fines or fees in order to receive your diploma.

With school buildings closed the rest of this year, high school administrators are meeting to discuss these events and develop plans and options.  Each high school will communicate with their seniors regarding any plans for senior events.

Seniors are “ranked” at the end of first semester, and that information is used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian. Since the school closure happened after the end of first semester, class valedictorians and salutatorians have already been established.

Graduation Requirements

Yes. If you believe you have already satisfied all diploma requirements for graduation and wish to graduate early, please contact your counselor or principal.

Policy 2418 allows for a waiver of up to two flexible credits due to extenuating circumstances. More information will come regarding this possibility for students who may need this option.

There is still time to raise your grade in these classes, and we encourage you to work with your teacher. At this point, these graduation credits can’t be waived. Students must pass these classes to graduate.

Students should be reaching out to their teachers of these courses and counselors to ensure that learning is progressing and coursework can be completed in a timely manner.

Legislators granted the State Board of Education authority to administer an emergency waiver program to provide flexibility to ensure students who were “on track to graduate before the gubernatorial declaration of emergency” (February 29) are not negatively impacted by measures taken in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The above guidance was provided by the State Board of Education. We will update this question when we get more information from the State Board of Education.

Counselors have been working with you during this school year to provide you with options to earn your graduation requirements. You should continue working on those options. Principals and counselors will be connecting with you in the next few weeks.

Consult with your school counselor regarding the waiver of PE. Health is a state core requirement and cannot be waived.

High School Principals will work with athletic directors and counselors to determine a plan should you fall into this category. Communication will come from your principal, athletic director and/or counselor.

Students who earned World Language Competency credits will see those credits placed on their transcripts. The district is working with OSPI regarding the Seal of Biliteracy because one of the required components is testing proficiently on the ELA SBA. Once a decision has been made about this, information will be sent to high school counselors and the information will be added to this document.

There may be additional options to enroll in Running Start for the spring quarter. Students should connect with their school counselor to discuss this option.

There are multiple options for meeting the graduation pathway requirement. Counselors have been working with individual students who have not yet met this requirement. Students are encouraged to connect with their counselors if they have additional questions about this requirement.

The ACT has been cancelled for April. In addition, the SAT scheduled for May 2 and May makeup exams have also been cancelled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities, will receive refunds.

Seniors who have not completed their HSBP requirements can log in to their accounts and finalize requirements for graduation.  Seniors that have sections to complete will be contacted by Career Center staff or a school counselor and should check their email for directions with their student logins. BGHS click here. PHS click here.

Schools will be sending out information on when you can return items that you have borrowed. Seniors will need to return everything by June 12 in order to be issued a diploma.

Grades

Yes, work completed from April 6 through the end of the school year can be used to raise your grades.

You can read more information in Superintendent Mark Ross’s message about how the district will assign second semester grades.

We encourage you to work with your teacher to bring your grade up.  Student learning will still continue and students will have the opportunity to improve their grade between now and the end of the year.

We will not provide our customary third quarter progress reports this year. To be clear, all work from the third quarter is important to final semester grades. Quarterly grades, like other forms of reporting, are designed to communicate student progress.

While we know students have been doing valuable and important work, we also know there is limited information to accurately communicate their progress. Teacher gradebooks should reflect the student’s grades at this time as of our last day of school on March 13.

Advanced Placement — AP Exams

Yes, the test is shifting to an online, 45-minute response test covering material that most teachers had taught by early March. The testing dates are between May 11th and 22nd. Follow this link to see when your test will be. You will take the test from home if school is not back in session by May 11th. There are specific rules and guidelines, set by the College Board, that you will need to follow for your results to be validated.

Students and schools have access to free, live AP review lessons delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Keep in contact with your AP teacher for updates on scheduled Zoom meetings, office hours, and weekly learning activities.

Yes, students who have already registered can cancel and get a full refund if they no longer want to participate in the AP test.

Students who don’t have access to a device or to the internet for testing  should fill out this form on the College Board website. It would also be a good idea to reach out to your high school counselor or AP teacher. Students/families can also call the technology support hotline at (360) 885-5474 and be added to the waiting list for internet access.

CTE and Dual Credit

In order to receive college credit, students currently enrolled in these courses must continue their learning to meet the objectives/outcomes of the class and obtain a B or better grade. This means that if students had a B as of March 13 but do not continue the learning, they would not be eligible for dual credit. They would be eligible to get high school credit, but not the college credit.

Those issues are being worked on by the program directors and the State. Instructors will provide students with more information when it is available.

College and Career

Counseling office staff are still hard at work serving students, though doing so remotely. Please contact your counselor for any needs regarding college applications and related documentation.

Yes! Counselors and College and Career Specialists are available and standing by to assist students with questions and concerns regarding their post-high school plans.

Yearbooks, spring sports and more

All schools are working to finalize their yearbooks and send them to publishers.  When we have timelines for the printing of yearbooks and how they will be distributed, we will get more information to students on how to collect their yearbook or order one if you did not get a chance.

Spring Sports will not happen this year.

Details about refunds will be available soon. The district is working to make the process efficient so that it can provide net refunds after any fines and fees for unreturned school equipment and textbooks have been accounted for. Please watch for information about how to return items to schools. We expect that positive balances will be available for refund in June after school is out. To pay fines or fees, please go to https://wa-battleground.intouchreceipting.com/.

District staff is meeting to review what the fees will be for second semester courses. Fees for second semester will not be determined until June, near the end of the school year.

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