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COVID19 - Updates for 2020 Seniors

Dear Families:
    During this ever-evolving public health crisis, the health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. We know that this is a stressful time for all New Yorkers, but especially for our students who are about to graduate. Please be assured that we are here to provide resources and support to help all graduating students remain on their path to successful completion of high school. Below is the latest guidance regarding necessary requirements for graduation.
View Progress Towards Graduation Using Your NYC Schools Account
We encourage you to check your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) to track your student’s progress towards graduation. Families can use the Graduation Tracker in NYCSA to view the credits a student has earned, the exams a student has passed, the student’s credits-in-progress, and the remaining credits a student needs to receive either a Regents or advanced Regents diploma.
If you haven’t already, you can create an account here: The information in NYCSA does not replace conversations with your child’s school, but can help you and your student assess their pathway towards graduation.
June Regents Exams Are Cancelled, And Exams Are Waived for Some Students
NYSED and the Board of Regents have cancelled the June 2020 Regents exams. As a result, students who intended to take any June 2020 Regents may be eligible for a June 2020 Regents exemption.
This exemption applies to:
Any student currently enrolled in a course that culminates in a June Regents exam, and who will have earned credit in the course.
  •  Any student currently enrolled in a course that culminates in a June Regents exam and who fails to earn credit by the end of the school year, but returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course credit. Such students will subsequently be granted diploma credit in August 2020.
  •  Any student who was previously enrolled in a course leading to a Regents exam, has earned course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents exam but was intending to take the test in June to achieve a passing score.
Although the Regents exams have been cancelled, students must still complete their required coursework in order to receive credits towards graduation.
Course Credit Requirements Remain the Same
While classes have shifted to a new platform, the method of instruction does not affect course credit requirements. Students must earn 44 credits to graduate regardless of whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely. During remote learning, teachers will continue to grade students’ work so that they receive feedback about their progress. At the end of their courses, students will receive final grades as they would during traditional instruction. If students pass their courses, they will receive course credit. Students should connect with their teachers if they need additional support to stay on track with their courses.
Attendance Will Not Be Used to Calculate Grades
In the past, some schools may have used attendance as one element in determining a student’s final grade. Attendance may no longer be used as a factor in grading. Schools will continue to monitor student interaction and engagement in remote learning, but students will be graded primarily on whether they meet the academic requirements of the course. Contact your school if you have questions about the grading policy.
For additional information on graduation requirements and recent changes, please contact your school or visit We are here to support our entire DOE community during this difficult time. For regular DOE updates regarding the coronavirus, please visit

Dear Families:

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe.

This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day.

In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you:

  • School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020.

  • Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school.

  • Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8.

  • AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey.

  • Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools.

I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families.

Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn—even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times.

Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way.


Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education