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NYS Regents and Graduation Guidance - April 7, 2020

Dear Clarkstown School Community:

I hope this communication finds you and your family members in good health and spirits.

I am writing to inform you of information that has been provided today by the New York State Education Department.  As I indicated in my communication yesterday, due to the impact of the COVID-19 Health Crisis, the Regents Examinations for June, 2020 have been cancelled as determined by the Board of Regents.  This decision creates an impact in multiple areas for our students. As a result, SED has provided us with insight on these matters and I am forwarding you the appropriate links below to keep you informed.

Regents Examinations Cancelled 
Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa stated, “In times of crisis difficult decisions must be made and the Board of Regents knows these are ultimately the right ones for New York’s students. We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first, while ensuring that the hard work done by our students and teachers is honored.” The link below provides insight regarding the cancellation of the Regents Examinations.

Modifications to Diploma Requirements for Students Impacted by the Cancellation of June 2020 Regents Examinations
;">SED Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe stated, “Because of the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Examinations, the Department is making certain modifications to the assessment requirements that students must meet in order to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements.” The link below provides information about Modifications to Diploma Requirements, Pathway Assessments, Use of Safety Nets and more.

Frequently Asked Questions
The State Education Department has provided a Frequently Asked Questions link below that provides answers for the following topics: Regents Examinations and Graduation Requirements; Earning Course Credit; Pathways, Department Approved Alternative Examinations and Technical Assessments; Advanced Designation and Endorsements; Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners; Recording Students Scores; Post-Graduation and Exiting High School; Accountability.

As you review information in all of the areas, please contact your appropriate schools in the event you have follow-up questions to the information provided in all three links.  Our teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and support staff are here to guide you and provide assistance during these challenging, unprecedented circumstances.

Thank you. Stay strong! Stay healthy!



Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools