Last updated March 27, 2020
2020 graduating seniors cannot control the disruption to school schedules caused by COVID-19, and GaDOE has issued guidance to school districts to ensure no senior will be held back from graduating on time due to the COVID-19 school closures.
On March 26, State School Superintendent Richard Woods recommended and the State Board of Education approved a package of waivers for all school districts that includes a waiver of promotion/retention requirements, the 20% course-grade requirement for EOCs, and other requirements related to graduating and course completion. This will ensure that students are still able to advance to the next grade in spite of the COVID-19 closures. We are collaborating with the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission, and others to ensure graduating seniors are not penalized due to the COVID-19 closures.
Regarding Graduation Ceremonies: School districts should follow CDC and DPH guidance for any public meetings. The COVID-19 crisis is an ever-evolving situation. Districts may choose to graduate and issue diplomas to seniors as planned, but hold formal ceremonies later in the summer if necessary.
Georgia Department of Education's COVID-19 Resources, Supports, and Guidance
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is working closely with the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH), and other agencies to ensure local school districts, parents, and students have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). > Learn More