Class of 2020 FAQ

  • This is not the senior year any of us wanted. The disruption that COVID-19 has created has been hard on all of us, but especially on seniors. We all want to find the best and safest ways to celebrate the Class of 2020. SPS administrators have been working with state representatives, local health officials and legal counsel to explore all options for graduation and other senior activites.

    As this is a fluid situation, we will provide updates as soon as we are able.

What should I be doing now?

It’s important for students to continue working hard to complete all their courses. 

Can we have a senior all-nighter/breakfast/prom/awards ceremony?

Each school is coming up with their own way to mark these occasions after the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is lifted May 31. Any idea for a virtual prom this year would need to be a student-led effort. Some schools are exploring the possibility of a live prom during Winter Break; ask your principal what’s being considered for your school.

What about graduation?

While we hoped to be able to host outdoor graduations, we understand the governor’s decision to continue restricting larger gatherings. Our new plan is to celebrate our seniors with a graduation video, assuming the governor’s order is lifted on May 31. Some schools are scheduling filming of individual graduates in cap and gown on their original ceremony date. Schools are working individually on plans for what the videos will look like, and will communicate details with their seniors. We’d love nothing more than for our graduates to be together, but for now, this is the safest way to honor them.

Graduation videos will be distributed to seniors and families upon completion, and may also be broadcast on KSPS. We will post dates and times once they are set.

How will I get my yearbook?

Yearbooks delivery may be delayed this year, but when they do arrive, schools will organize and opportunity for students to pick them up.

What’s happening with grades?

Secondary students are expected to complete course assignments and will be graded using the letter grades A, B, C, D or incomplete. The grade will reflect the student’s understanding on critical standards taught with maximum flexibility. Districts are not allowed to assign a Pass/Fail, or F grades.

Students assigned an “incomplete” for a course will be given opportunities to reengage in the learning standards based on consultation with the student/parents/guardians, including but not limited to:

  • Summer school
  • Courses in the following term or year
  • Independent study
  • Competency-based courses
  • Online courses
  • Backfilling the incomplete grade with the letter grade obtained in the next course taken in that subject area

How do I get a credit waiver?

Beginning May 22, high school seniors may apply to the school principal for a credit waiver or grade appeal. Assignment of an incomplete reflects the need for the student to recover the learning opportunity. 

Do we have to do the HS and Beyond Plan?

Seniors are still required to complete their HSBP. Schools will determine how these will be completed. Contact your counselor for more information.

When is the last day for seniors?

Assuming the governor’s order is lifted on May 31, the last day of school for seniors will be June 4. On June 4-5, seniors will be able to return textbooks and devices, clean out their locker, pay any fees or fines, and take care of other end-of-the-year tasks.

  • Senior Webinar

    Thursday, May 28
    4-5 p.m.
    Zoom info will be emailed