CLASS OF 2020 – HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
We know the school closure has created many questions and concerns about graduation and other requirements for the 2020 senior class. We’re working hard to address all questions and support our seniors, and continue to work closely with the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), the State Board of Education, and our higher education partners that provide college credits for our students. Please be assured students will not be negatively impacted as a result of the closure and events beyond our control. The current guidance from our State is that seniors who were on track to graduate at the time of closure will be able to graduate this year.
General information for seniors is included below, and additional information can be found on our Seniors Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. If you have further questions, please contact your high school counselor and/or principal.
- Chiawana High School: John Wallwork, Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pasco High School: Jake Stueckle, Principal - email@example.com
- Delta High School: Mike Johnson, Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Horizons High School: Seth Johnson, Principal - email@example.com
Based on feedback received from a district-wide survey that gathered more than 1,300 responses, including 680 senior students, the commencement ceremonies for all PSD high schools have been rescheduled for later this summer.
Here are the new dates and times:
- New Horizons High School: Thursday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.
- Chiawana High School: Saturday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.
- Pasco High School: Saturday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.
Pasco School District will follow federal, state, and local requirements and guidelines, including those issued by the CDC, Governor’s Office, OSPI, and Department of Health. Commencement ceremonies will take place if applicable physical distancing and hygiene requirements can be followed. A decision on in-person events will be determined no later than July 15. In the event a traditional ceremony is not possible, we will celebrate our seniors in one of the following ways:
- Students and their parents/guardians will individually receive their diploma cover and get the opportunity to take photos on the field at Edgar Brown Stadium during the week of July 27–August 1 (schedule to be determined)
- Commencement ceremonies will take place virtually
Delta High School’s commencement ceremony will be held as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, in an alternative format. More information will be available soon on Delta High School’s website, www.thedeltahighschool.com
On Saturday, June 6, the original graduation date, Chiawana High School and Pasco High School will host Senior Awards drive-thru events at their campuses. Seniors will be honored and will get the opportunity to pick up honor cords, certificates, team captain plaques, and other items traditionally distributed at Senior Awards Night, Senior Fest, and spring school assemblies. The schools will share more details about these events directly with students.
There is no change to graduation requirements. Please see your school’s webpage for regular graduation requirements.
We are working on a plan to support seniors to earn credits for classes they are currently enrolled in, as well as any others they need to meet graduation requirements. Students should check their Pasco School District email frequently to stay up-to-date on the most current information from their school, teachers and counselors.
State Assessment/Pathway Requirements
One of the graduation requirements for the class of 2020 includes a state assessment and/or pathway option. Seniors who have not yet met their state assessment and/or pathway option requirement should contact their school counselor to explore their options. You can find contact information for counselors on each school’s website.
High School & Beyond Plan
Seniors will need to complete their High School & Beyond Plan. It is a graduation requirement and cannot be waived. You can complete your High School & Beyond Plan required survey online at: bit.ly/hsbp2020. If you need support completing your form, please contact your school counselor. You can also access the survey using this QR Code:
School counselors are available via email. You'll find contact information for counselors on each school’s website.
The CollegeBoard is making significant changes to support students in completing their AP exams this spring. Free, live, and on-demand AP offerings and an at-home testing option are being provided. Please see apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates for additional details.
The next SAT exam is scheduled for June 2020. Any student who was unable to test on the March 14th date, or was scheduled for the May 2nd date, will be issued refunds directly from the CollegeBoard. You can find additional details on SAT options here: pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates
The next ACT exam is scheduled for June 2020. Any student registered for the April 4th date will receive an e-mail from ACT informing them the test has been postponed, along with instructions on how to reschedule for the June test date or another future test date. Additional details on ACT options can be found here: www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html
Running Start: Columbia Basin College and Washington State University, Tri-Cities
All Running Start courses are now being offered online. Please note CBC’s spring break was extended and spring quarter begins Monday, April 13th. Running Start students should reach out to their college professors as needed. You can also contact your high school counselor if you need assistance. Please see the below links for helpful websites:
COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE
Washington State University, Tri-Cities
College in the High School: Central Washington University
We are working with Central Washington University in an effort to maintain all current college credit options for College in the High School classes. CWU adjunct teachers are contacting their students directly. If you are in a CiHS class, please contact your assigned Trimester 3 teacher for the course.
CTE Dual Credit
Staff is working to ensure standards are met during instructional time after school re-opens. This may be updated if the reopening date is beyond April 27th.