In this weird and confusing time, it’s been difficult to be optimistic and have hope for the future when we’ve been getting nothing but bad news. We all need a little good news to keep us going. This time, Governor Pritzker is the bearer of good news: high school seniors don’t have to complete “certain classes” to pass the grade and get their diploma.
In Governor Pritzker’s latest order, he was said to suspend “Illinois School Code requirements that 12th graders successfully complete ‘certain courses’ in order to get a high school diploma,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Now that doesn’t mean you should stop doing your work or going to your virtual classes. It just means that students that can’t complete their work due to no longer having in-person classes won’t have to be punished. This order also prohibited students from being denied “credit for apprenticeships, vocational classes or technical education courses that count toward graduation requirements but are also affected by coronavirus measures.”
It’s not necessarily the best or most exciting news that we could be getting, but it’s definitely better than all the negative things we’ve been hearing lately. To all of the seniors, I know you’re having a hard time because I am too, but we’ll make it through this. Things may not work out the way we want them to but they’ll definitely still work out. Stay as positive as you possibly can during this upsetting time.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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