NOTE:

For official copies of board policies and procedures please contact the superintendent's office at (253) 583-5190 or email supt@cloverpark.k2.wa.us

High School Graduation Requirements

I.          PUBLICATION OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Upon registering in a district comprehensive high school, and each year thereafter each student and his/her parents or guardians will be provided with a copy of the graduation requirements in effect for that student (those in effect when the student enrolled in ninth grade unless ten years or more have elapsed). Graduation requirements by class may  also be included in the course catalog.

Graduation Requirements Communicated

  1. All district enrolled eighth grade students and parents will be informed of graduation requirements in the spring of their eighth grade year through graduation requirement literature provided during spring conferences. Information about how to apply for College Bound Scholarships will also be provided.
  2. Graduation requirements will be posted to the district website.
  3. As students enter ninth grade or newly enroll in high school, the student and parent/guardian will be provided a copy of high school graduation requirements to include:
    1. Course requirements for graduation;
    2. Information regarding the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) and how it will be developed and updated each year of high school;
    3. Information that parents are expected to be involved in conferences and/or the senior presentation to learn about their student’s HSBP and progression towards meeting high school graduation requirements;
    4. Information about the expectation for students to complete five hours of volunteer/community service each year the student is enrolled in the district; and
    5. Information about how to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the senior year.

Open Doors

Students enrolled in the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program will earn the number and type of course credits required for the state high school diploma as set by the State Board of Education and as allowed according to the published guidelines of the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program.

II.       CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

A.       Period of Eligibility to Earn Credits

Generally, credit towards high school graduation will be earned in grades nine through twelve. However, upon request, the district may award high school credit towards fulfilling graduation requirements to a student who has completed high school courses while in seventh or eighth grade, if one of the following applies:

  1. The course was taken with high school students, and the student successfully passed the same course requirements with a “C” or higher in the coursework, and examinations as the high school students enrolled in the class;   
  2. The course taught at the middle school level has been determined by the district to be similar or equivalent to a course taught at the high school level; and/or
  3. Parent/guardian submits written approval for the coursework taken in seventh or eighth grade to count for high school credit and to be included in transcripts.

B.       Awarding of High School Credit

The district will award high school credit for successful completion of a specified unit of study. A student successfully completes a specified unit of study by doing one of the following:

  1. Earning a passing grade according to the district’s grading policy; or 
  2. Successfully completing an established number of hours of planned instructional activities to be determined by the district.

C.       Credits from Other Programs

The principal or designee is responsible for determining which credits will be recognized by the district for students enrolling from another state approved learning program (public school, approved private school, or home school), or from out-of-state, or out-of-country. The district will accept credits from another Washington public school or accredited state private school or accredited out-of-state public or private school to the extent the credit matches a district graduation requirement, or may be counted as an elective credit. The district will evaluate credits from unaccredited programs or home schools as described below for home school students. Decisions of the principal or designee may be appealed to the superintendent within fifteen school days of the initial decision.

D.       Total Number of Credits Required

CPSD students who will enter the 9th grade in the fall of 2015, and all students thereafter, must complete the equivalent of a four-year program of educational growth in grades 9-12, earn a minimum of 30 course credits as described below, and complete a HSBP. Students must also meet state requirements for graduation.

High School Completion

Each student is to develop, have on file, and update as necessary a high school completion plan approved by a parent. Counselors will provide assistance to incoming ninth graders and their families in developing educational plans. Changes in plans should normally reflect parent consent and should be submitted to the appropriate counselor. At the conclusion of each year, the school will provide the student and his/her parents or guardians with a report which reflects the progress that has been made toward satisfying the graduation requirements. If progress is not adequate, the school will identify alternative courses and/or interventions that can be taken to correct the deficiencies.

Subject Area Requirements and Approved Courses (class of 2015 and beyond)

A "credit" is defined as 135 hours (or other hourly number as granted through the state’s credit hour waiver process) of planned instructional activities. Therefore, once a student begins a course, the student may not request withdrawal from the course after 10 school days of entering into the course except for very rare extenuating circumstances.  In the event an exception is requested, the principal must approve the exception.  If a student is withdrawn from a course or courses after the first 10 days from starting the course and the student is passing the course at the time of withdrawal, the withdrawal will be noted on the transcript as (W) withdrawn. If a student is withdrawn from a course or courses after the first 10 days from starting a course and the student is earning an F, in the course at the time of withdrawal, the withdrawal will be noted on the transcript as an (F) failed.

Students who have enrolled in the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program may not withdraw to enroll in a CPSD comprehensive high school program except within the first 10 school days of the beginning of the course.  However, eligible students may be considered for enrollment into the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program at any time.

The following courses are required to satisfy the subject area requirements as established by the State Board of Education and CPSD for comprehensive high schools:

 

Subject

Class of 2015

Classes of 2016-2018

Classes of 2019 and Beyond

English

4

4

4

Mathematics

3

3

3

Science

Lab Science 1.5

Science Elective    .5

2.0

Lab Science 1.5

Science Elective    .5

2.0

Lab Science 2.0

Science Elective 1.0

3.0

Social Studies

WA St. Hist. & Govt.    .5

US Hist. & Govt.  1.0

Cont. World Problems     .5

Social Studies Electives 1.5

3.5

WA St. Hist. & Govt.     *

World History 1.0          

US Hist. & Govt.  1.0

Cont. World History, Geography & Problems/Civics   1.0

Social Studies Electives     .5

3.5

WA St Hist. & Govt. *

World History 1.0

US His. & Govt.1.0

Cont. World History, Geography & Problems/Civics   1.0

Social Studies Electives .5

3.5

Health and Fitness

Health    .5

Fitness 1.5

2.0

Health    .5

Fitness 1.5

2.0

Health   .5

Fitness 1.5

2.0

Arts

1

1

2.0**

Career-Technical Education (CTE)

2

2

2.0

World Language

0

0

2.0**

Electives

12.5

12.5

8.5

* Per a change in state law (2012) Washington State History and Government will remain a mandatory Social Studies graduation requirement, but students will not be granted credit for its completion. It will be noted on the transcript as a met requirement.

** Per State Board of Education a Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) may replace taking 1.0 Art credit and 2.0 credit of World Language

 

Total District Credit Requirements for Graduation

30

30

30

           

Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) is related to courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan which may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning. Before approval of the PPR, a meeting will be held with the student, parent/guardian and school staff to discuss the student’s High School and Beyond Plan and requirements for post-secondary and career choices. If the parent cannot be reached for input – either via phone or in-person conference – is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal will approve the course.

Students must take at least one health course required for graduation that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in at least one health class. The instruction must have been developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or be nationally- recognized based on the most current national guidelines for CPR. The instruction must include use of automated external defibrillators (AED) which may be taught by video. The district may provide the CPR instruction directly or arrange it through community-based providers such as the local fire department. Students are not required to earn CPR certification to successfully complete the instruction.

E.                 Alternative Programs

The district may grant ccredits toward graduation requirements for planned learning experiences primarily conducted away from the facilities owned, operated or supervised by a district. A proposal for approval of out-of-school learning activities will be submitted to the principal, or designee prior to the experience, will be at no additional cost to the district, and will include at least the following information:

  1. The objective(s) of the program;
  2. The teaching component(s) of the program, including where and when teaching activities will be conducted by school district certificated staff;
  3. A schedule of the duration of the program, including beginning and ending dates within the school year;
  4. A description of how student performance will be supervised, evaluated and recorded by the certificated staff or by qualified school district employees under the direct supervision of the certificated staff;
  5. A description of intervention techniques and criteria for their use;
  6. Description of how student performance will be assessed;
  7. The qualifications of instructional personnel; and
  8. The plans for evaluation of program.

The district will keep a list of approved programs will be kept on file in the principal’s/designee’s office. The principal or designee will communicate the reasons for approval or disapproval to those making the request.

F.         National Guard High School Career Training

The district may grant credit for National Guard high school career training in lieu of either required or elective high school credits. Approval by the district will be obtained prior to a student's participation in a National Guard training program as follows:

  1. MIL Form 115 or an equivalent form provided by the national guard will be completed and filed with the school district;
  2.   The number of credits toward high school graduation to be granted will be calculated, agreed upon by the student and an authorized representative of the school district, and such agreement noted on MIL Form 115 or such equivalent form; and 3. Credit toward high school graduation may be granted by the school district upon certification by a national guard training unit commander that the student has met all program requirements.

G.        Running Start

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college classes (100 level or above) for part or all of their schedule. Students must be of junior standing or above to be eligible for the program. Students earn college credit, which is also converted and applied to their high school transcript per the annual CPSD course catalog.

To enroll in the Running Start program, students must: 

  1. Contact the college they are interested in attending and arrange to take the ASSET or COMPASS placement test. The test is offered at various times and results are often available the following day. Minimum scores in reading and writing are required.
  2.   Speak with their counselor to assess credits needed for graduation, then decide which courses they would like to take at the college. Note that part-time Running Start students will need to coordinate college classes so that they do not interfere with their high school classes. Full-time Running Start students will not be enrolled in courses at the high school, even when the community college they attend is not in session.
  3.   Obtain a Running Start authorization form from the college or their high school counselor. The counselor will sign the form after the student completes their portion. A parent signature is required if the student is under 18 years old; and
  4.   Take the authorization form to the college and register for classes. Once the classes are completed, the college will notify the high school and credits will be added to the student’s transcript. 
    1. High school equivalency credits for credits earned by high school students at institutions of higher learning will be awarded following these ratios:
  • 5 quarter-hour credits = 1.0 high school credit; and
  • 3 quarter-hour credits = 0.5 high school credit.

H.       Credit for Career and Technical Work-based Learning

The district regards work and/or volunteer experience as a part of the educational program of students  as part of the secondary school curriculum rather than just a device to relieve a staffing shortage. The district may grant credit for work experience based upon the following factors:

  1. The school will supervise the work program;
  2. The work experience will be specifically related to the student’s school program.
  3. The work experience will represent growth in the student, and the type of work will have definite educational value.
  4. The work experience will provide a varied job experience;
  5. The career placement counselor will supplement the work experience with an adequate program of guidance, placement, follow-up, and coordination between job and school;
  6. The work experience may be a planned part of the credit given for a school subject (e.g., sales training class).
  7. The district may grant one credit for not less than 180 hours for instructional work based learning experience and not less than 360 hours of cooperative work based learning experience related to a student’s school program.
  8. The employer will legally employ the student who must have passed his or her 16th
  9. The employer will file a report of the student’s work record with the school indicating the student made satisfactory progress on the job;
  10. The regular state apprenticeship program and school cooperatively develop the student’s training which meets graduation requirements standards;
  11. The program standards and procedures with the state career and technical work based learning standards; and
  12. A maximum of four elective credits may be earned and applied toward the graduation requirements.

I.        Home School Credit

Guidelines for granting high school credit for home schooling are:

  1. To gain credit for a course of study, a student will provide:
    1. A journal which reflects the actual work completed during a home-study course of study;
    2. Exhibit(s) of any specific projects completed (e.g., themes, research papers, art and/or shop projects); and/or
    3. Any such other performance-based exhibits of specific course-related accomplishments.

Credit is granted for the following approved schools:

  1. Community colleges, vocational-technical institutes, four-year colleges and universities, and approved private schools in the state of Washington, and
  2. Other schools or institutions that are approved by the district after evaluation for a particular course offering.

III. STATE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

Each student must earn either a certificate of academic achievement or a certificate of individual achievement to graduate from high school.

  1. Certificate of Academic Achievement

    A student will receive a certificate of academic achievement if he or she passes the necessary statewide assessments or a state-approved alternative assessment.

  2. Certificate of Individual Achievement

    A student qualifying for special education services may earn a certificate of individual achievement after passing assessments determined by the student’s individualized education program team to be appropriate for the student based on their learner characteristics, post-secondary goals, and previous testing history.

  3. Expedited Appeal Process for Waiving Student Assessment Requirements 2410 F2

    For the graduating classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, an expedited appeal process for waiving specific requirements in RCW 28A.655.061 pertaining to the certificate of academic achievement and the certificate of individual achievement is available for eligible students who have not met the state standard on the English language arts statewide student assessment, the mathematics high school statewide student assessment, or both. The student or the student’s parent, guardian, or principal may initiate an appeal with the district and the district has the authority to determine which appeals to submit to the superintendent of public instruction for review and approval.

    A student in the class of 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 is eligible for the expedited appeal process if he or she has met all other graduation requirements established by the state and district.

    A student in the class of 2018 is eligible for the expedited appeal process if he or she has met all other graduation requirements established by the state and district and has attempted at least one alternative assessment option as established in RCW 28A.655.065.

IV.      HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND PLAN (HSBP) REQUIREMENT

HSBPs must be initiated for students during the eighth grade to guide their high school experience and prepare them for postsecondary education or training and their careers. Students must create their plans in cooperation with parents or guardians and school staff. School staff will work to update students’ plans as necessary based on their changing interests, goals, and needs.

 HSBP is required for graduation. School staff shall assist students with:

  1. Identification of career goals, aided by a skills and interest assessment;
  2. Identification of educational goals;
  3. A four-year plan for course taking that fulfills state and local graduation requirements and aligns with student’s career and educational goals;
  4. Completing a current resume or activity log that provides written compilation of the student’s education, any work experience;
  5. Preparing s for post-secondary options;
  6. Documenting that they completed five hours of volunteer/community service each year the student attends a CPSD high school for a minimum of 20 hours of community service over their four years of high school;
  7. Documenting that they have completed a six-hour job shadow as part of their HSBP;
  8. An exemption from the HSBP from the school principal if a student is a first time transfers into the district after the tenth school day of the second semester and are given senior standing at their new school, presenting orally their HSBP in the spring of their senior year;
  9. Informing the student and their parent/guardian by May 1, of the student’s senior year, if a student has not satisfactorily completed the requirements of the HSBP.
  10. Referring students who participate in Running Start to complete a HSBP and orally present the plan in their senior year, if they want to receive a CPSD diploma. Students who intend to participate in the Running Start program need to plan carefully to ensure completion of the HSBP within their school’s published deadlines; and

V.       Waiver of Graduation Requirements:

All state requirements must be satisfied except that the district may waive Washington history and government for students who have completed and passed a state history and government course in another state during grades seven through twelve and who have fulfilled study of the Washington state constitution through an alternative learning experience approved by the principal. Additionally, the district may waive physical education, pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050, upon written request of a parent or guardian on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics. This will not alter the credit requirements established by the board.

 The following procedure will be followed in graduation waiver requests:
 

  1. The principal is responsible for evaluating educational experiences of individual students and recommending graduation to the superintendent when a student has not met requirements.

    An individual student may be granted an exemption from any requirement in this policy if such requirement impedes the progress toward graduation provided there is a direct relationship between the failure to meet the requirement and the student's ability. When a 12th grade student transfers from another high school, the student may be permitted to graduate with a lesser number of credits provided that minimum state course and credit requirements are satisfied and the student successfully passes a full schedule of classes during his or her 12th year of school.
     
  2. The principal determines whether to waive graduation requirements using the following procedure:  
    1. The request will be initiated by the parent or the eligible student; 
    2. The principal will investigate the request for waiver of graduation requirements; 
    3. The principal will make a determination in writing based upon appropriate data and upon conclusions of the investigation; 
    4. The principal will develop appropriate record keeping procedures for storage of all pertinent data relating to each waiver request; and 
    5. The principal or designee will notify the parent or eligible student that they may appeal the principal’s decision regarding a waiver request in writing to the superintendent no later than 30 days prior to the anticipated graduation date.

VI.   STUDENTS WITH AN INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)

A student with a disability may fulfill graduation requirements as follows:

  1. By the age of 14, the student will participate with the IEP Team (including a special education teacher, general education teacher, parents, student, and other school personnel and agency representatives who will assist the student in achieving the goals of the IEP) in a discussion of transition service needs that focuses on the student’s course of study.
  2. As an outcome of the discussion, the IEP will include appropriate graduation requirements based on the student’s individual needs and abilities consistent with the student’s transition plan. Modifications to the district’s standard graduation requirements may include:
     
    1. Attainable alternate classwork or individualized activities substituted for standard requirements;
       
    2. A statement of waiver for any waived standard graduation requirements; or
       
    3. An extension of time for the student to remain in school to complete graduation requirements. The student may remain in school up to and including the school year in which the student reaches twenty-one years of age.  
       
  3. The student will, in cooperation with his or her parent or guardian and the IEP team, determine:
     
    1. The projected date by which all graduation requirements will be met;  and
       
    2. The projected date and conditions under which the student will participate in the graduation ceremony.
       
  4. The student will have an IEP that incorporates all issues and decisions from the above procedures. Any decision that modifies the district’s standard graduation requirements will be made through the IEP process.  Annually or as needed, the IEP will be reviewed or revised to accommodate the student’s progress and development. 

 

VII. OTHER

  1. Late Start/Early Release

    A student may be considered for a shortened school day as allowed per Procedure 3241-P1.  Students who will have enough credits to graduate prior to or by the end of the student’s senior year, may have a shortened school day if they do not need the full day to accrue the required credits needed to assure graduation by the end of the student’s senior year.
  2. Counseling students regarding graduation requirements

    1. As students enter ninth grade or newly enroll in high school, the student and parent/guardian will be provided a copy of high school graduation requirements to include:
      1. Course requirements for graduation;
      2. Information regarding the HSBP and how it will be developed and updated each year of high school;
      3. Information that parents are expected to be involved in conferences and in the senior year, the senior presentation to learn about their student’s HSBP and progression towards meeting high school graduation requirements;
      4. Information about the expectation for students to complete five hours of volunteer/community service each year the student is enrolled in the district;
      5. Information about how to apply for FAFSA in the senior year; and
      6. Each school year, prior to fall parent conferences, all students will engage in developing/revising their HSBP to ensure:
        1. Students and parents are aware of whether the student is on track for graduation based on credits earned and state assessments passed.
    2.        At the end of each first semester, a list of all students not on track for high school graduation will be provided to the assistant superintendent for secondary schools and the following actions will occur when:
      1. A ninth grade student has less than four credits/required courses, a conference will be held after the end of first semester with parent and student and the HSBP will be revised to plan for retrieving or earning eight credits prior to the beginning of the student’s tenth grade year. Summer school may be recommended.  After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits;
      2. A tenth grade student has less than 11 credits/required courses, a conference will be held after the end of first semester with parent and student and the HSBP will be revised to plan for retrieving or earning a total of 15 credits/required courses prior to the beginning of the student’s 11th grade year. Summer school may be recommended.  After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits;
      3. An 11th grade student has less than 19 credits/required courses/did not meet proficiency on required state exams, a conference will be held after the end of first semester with parent and student.  The HSBP will be revised to plan for retrieving or earning a total of 23 credits/required courses/demonstrating proficiency on all required state exams prior to the beginning of the student’s 12th grade year. Summer school may be recommended.  After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits;
      4. A 12th grade student has less than 27 credits/required courses/did not meet proficiency on required state exams, a conference will be held after the end of first semester with parent and student. The HSBP will be revised to plan for retrieving or earning a total of 30 credits/required courses prior to the end of the senior year. Summer school may be recommended. After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits; and
      5. If a student fails to meet proficiency on any state exam required for graduation, a conference will be held with the student and parent/guardian to communicate that the student is in jeopardy of not graduating and to establish a plan for completing this requirement or an alternate assessment permitted by the state.
    3. At mid-fourth quarter progress report, a list of all students not on track for high school graduation will be provided to the assistant superintendent for secondary schools and the following actions will occur between school staff, each student, and the parent/guardian of each student:
      1. Shortly after the mid-quarter grades during fourth quarter are known, all ninth grade students not previously identified in that school year as not on track to earn at least eight credits/required courses, a conference will be held before the end of second semester with counselor, parent and student. At the conference, the revised HSBP will be shared to plan for retrieving or earning eight credits/required credits prior to the beginning of the student’s 10th grade year. Summer school program(s) will be recommended. After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits;
      2. Shortly after the mid-quarter grades during fourth quarter are known, all 10th grade students not previously identified in that school year as not on track to earn at least 15 credits/required courses/did not meet proficiency on required state exams, a conference will be held before the end of second semester with counselor, parent and student. At the conference, the revised HSBP will be shared to plan for satisfying the state assessment requirement(s) and for retrieving or earning a total of 15 credits/required courses prior to the beginning of the student’s 11th grade year. Summer school program(s) will be recommended.  After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits;
      3. Shortly after the mid-quarter grades during fourth quarter are known, all 11th grade students not previously identified in that school year as not on track to earn at least 23 credits/required courses/did not meet proficiency on required state exams, a conference will be held before the end of second semester with counselor, parent and student. At the conference, the revised HSBP will be shared to plan for satisfying the state assessment requirement(s) and for retrieving or earning a total of 23 credits/required courses prior to the beginning of the student’s 12th grade year. Summer school program(s) will be recommended. After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits; and
      4. Shortly after the mid-quarter grades during fourth quarter are known, all 12th grade students not previously identified in the current school year as not on track to earn at least 30 credits/required courses/did not meet proficiency on required state exams, a conference will be held before the end of second semester with counselor, parent and student. At the conference, the revised HSBP will be shared to plan for satisfying the state assessment requirement(s) and for retrieving or earning a total of 30 credits/required courses as soon as possible. Summer school program(s) will be recommended. After the conference, advisors/counselors will mail a letter to parents indicating the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits.
    4. At the end of each school year, all parents will receive a letter indicating their student’s state assessment record (as appropriate) and academic progress towards meeting graduation requirements. This letter will indicate any credits/required courses/required state assessments that were not met as expected during the school year. 
    5. At the beginning of each school year, a letter will be sent to all parents of students who attended summer school courses to update their student’s state assessment record (as appropriate) and academic progress towards meeting graduation requirements. This letter will indicate the credit/course/state exam deficiency and the recommended courses and plan for student to earn the necessary credits.

C.  Prepare list of all graduating students for the school board and for release to the public

Principals or their designee are required to submit a complete list of all graduating students to the superintendent at least one week prior to the graduation ceremony.

A list needs to be provided to the assistant superintendent for secondary schools one week after the end of the first semester of the senior year providing the following information:

  1. The name of each senior in jeopardy of not graduating due to having earned less than 26 credits by the end of the first semester of the senior year.
  2. The name of each senior likely to graduate because they have earned 26 or more credits by the end of the first semester of their senior year.

D.    Preparing diplomas and final transcripts for graduating seniors

Each student will be awarded a diploma after satisfactorily completing local and state requirements. Upon request, each graduating student will receive a final transcript. Each student will be notified of this opportunity at least one month prior to the close of the school term.

E.       Graduation Ceremonies

If students fulfill all district and state graduation requirements by the end of the last term of their senior year, they may participate in graduation ceremonies. Each student will be awarded a diploma after satisfactorily completing local and state requirements. Upon request, each graduating student will receive a final transcript. Each student will be notified of this opportunity at least one month prior to the close of the school term.
 
Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in the following manner:

  1. Each participating student must participate in the graduation ceremony rehearsal. Each student who participates will purchase or rent the proper cap and gown as designated by the school administration and the class advisor and officers;
  2. Caps and gowns will be worn in the proper manner, as designated by the school administration and class advisor;
     
  3. Students who participate will follows school administration and class advisor guidelines for accessories they may wear in addition to the proper cap and gown;
     
  4. Each student who participates will cooperate with the class advisor and participate in all parts of the graduation ceremonies;
     
  5. Failure to comply with the above requirements may forfeit a student's privilege to participate in the graduation ceremonies; and
  6. Students who are suspended or expelled at the time of graduation will not participate in the ceremony.

F.        Witholding of a Diploma

The district may withhold a student's diploma or transcript until the student pays for any school property the student has lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages, or the equivalency through voluntary work, the district will release the diploma or transcript. When the damages or fines do not exceed $100, the student or his/her parents will have the right to an appeal using the same process as used for short-term suspension as defined in Policy 3241, Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action. When damages are in excess of $100, the appeal process for long-term suspension as defined in Policy 3241, Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action, will apply. The district may, in its discretion, choose to offer in-school suspension in these circumstances.  

If the district has imposed other forms of corrective action for violations of school rules, the district may deny the student’s participation in graduation ceremonies. Such exclusion from graduation ceremonies is regarded as a school suspension. In such instances, the district will grant the diploma. 

 

Date: 06.05.13

Revised: 12.01.14; 01.12.15; 10.19.15; 02.12.18