Graduating Seniors – Frequently Asked Questions
Who would I contact if I need to talk with someone and am feeling sad or depressed? What resources are being provided for students and staff to aid in taking care of their mental and physical health during this time?
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Please reach out to your counselor (email addresses are on the school website) or a teacher you know well. Send him/her an email and they will respond as soon as they can. Please put urgent in the subject line of your email.
If you do not feel comfortable doing that please call one of the following numbers:
Learning and Technology
What should I do if I have not yet connected with one or more of my class(s)?
If you have yet to connect with one or more of your classes remotely, please do so immediately. Feel free to email the teacher if you are unsure how to access the learning opportunities and/or are unsure of the class meeting times. If you are challenged connecting with the teacher, feel free to reach out to your counselor and/or building administrator. Email addresses are available in the Staff section of each school’s website.
Who do I contact if I am having technology issues?
Who do I talk to if I am struggling in a class right now?
First step is to reach out to your teacher. Teachers recognize the current situation is unique and has involved significant change and they remain available to support you in improving your grade and/or enhancing your understanding of the learning and/or key concepts.
Should additional support be necessary, please reach out to your counselor and/or a building administrator. Email addresses are available in the Staff section of each school’s website.
We do have a Senior Support Plan in place, with Senior Support Staff working closely with select Seniors in a math, social studies, and/or English core class. If you believe you need additional support by a staff member, please let your counselor know.
If I need to make up a class to graduate and/or discuss an issue related to graduation, who do I contact for assistance?
If you need to make up a class to graduate or talk to someone about an issue related to graduation, please email your counselor for assistance. Email addresses are available in the Staff section of each school’s website.
Will the District be sending Seniors third quarter progress reports? If so, when? Also, what will the grading system be for the remainder of the year?
Final decisions about the grading and credit for the remainder of the year are not yet determined. You can expect to receive more information in the very near future. Continue to monitor the district’s website for updates to this FAQ. The District is working closely with the Bellevue Education Association, the teachers’ union, on finalizing specifics.
What impact will this long-term closure have on my transcript?
- Will pass/fail be an option for seniors?
- Are senior Grade Point Averages (GPA) being considered when making spring grading decisions?
All students who meet the required learning components for the course will receive the same high school credit, as if we were building-based teaching and learning. BSD has not yet finalized grading and credit for the remainder of the yet. You can expect more information in the very near future. In either case, colleges are publicly acknowledging students will not be penalized in current and/or future acceptances if they have credits without grades attached.
If I have not yet completed my High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP), what should I do?
On April 1st, each Senior and their parent(s)/guardian(s) were sent a letter outlining four of the five required components of the HSBP. To complete the HSBP, log into Naviance program, which is where the BSD captures and tracks your HSBP progress. Then complete the following:
- Create or update your resume or make an activity log in Naviance under About Me. Click on Resume.
- Complete a Career interests survey and mark at least one career as a favorite. The Career interest inventories can be found under the Careers tab in Naviance. The program will note when you have completed the survey and your record in Naviance will show your selected career. The Career inventories are: Career Interest inventory or the Career Cluster Finder. You may choose which inventory you wish to complete.
- Complete the Game Plan Survey which will set your goals for post high school life.
- Complete the 4-year plan listed under courses. If you don’t see the exact course you completed, please pick an equivalent course so you can complete the plan.
In May, we will administer the Senior Survey, which is the 5th requirement for the HSBP. Completion of that survey and the four above-referenced tasks will fully complete your HSBP.
Should you have questions and/or concerns related to completion of the HSBP and/or need technical assistance in accessing or utilizing Naviance, please don’t hesitate to contact your school’s College and Career Advisor. Email addresses are available in the Staff section of each school’s website.
If I have not yet completed the Community Service requirement, how can I complete my Community Service hours needed for graduation?
Given the long-term closure of our buildings and need for physical distancing, this year’s Seniors (Class of 2020) will need to complete a minimum of 30 community service hours, instead of 40, in order to graduate. If a minimum of 30 community service hours is completed and documented in Naviance, the transcripts of those Seniors will indicate the community service requirement has been met.
Seniors (Class of 2020) that have not yet uploaded all community service hours into Naviance (X2Vol main page) are to do so no later than April 25th.
Seniors that have not yet completed a minimum of 30 hours of community service hours may access remote volunteer opportunities during this long-term closure of buildings to meet this minimum requirement. These Seniors are encouraged to complete and upload the community service hours in Naviance (X2Vol main page) by April 25th, though hours completed after that date will be applied.
The state has authorized Districts to modify select locally determined graduation requirements for current Seniors (Class of 2020). Thus, due to the long-term school building closure and its disruption to education, the District will waive the community service requirement for Seniors who are unable to meet the minimum 30 community service hours. It’s important to note that transcripts of these Seniors will indicate that the community service graduation requirement was waived versus met.
If I was trying to get a PE credit waived through the regular process, what I am supposed to do now?
PE is a state graduation requirement and can be waived under the following conditions:
- A doctor’s note stating you have a physical disability that prevents you from participating in a PE class, even one that can be modified to meet your disability.
- You are enrolled in a military science and tactics course (ROTC).
- You are a member of a religion that prohibits participation in a Physical Education course.
Please email your counselor if you meet one of the above conditions for help with a waiver.
If I was trying to get a PE credit through the Directed Athletics process, what I am supposed to do now?
Students who completed BSD Fall/Winter sports or a community-based sport PRIOR to Friday March 13, 2020, would following these guidelines:
- All students (Soph, Jr, Sr) will need to have the completed application (2410P: Exh B.1 or B.2) submitted prior to the end of the academic year as described on the application
- All students need to meet proficiency on the assessment prior to the end of the academic year
NOTE: There are assessments still scheduled for April 29, May 20, and June 3 (new date). Register for an assessment on our Earn PE Credit page.
For students who have not fulfilled the sports participation requirement for Directed Athletics during 2019-2020, please follow this guidance:
- If a student registered for a Spring school or community sport that has now been cancelled, but has not met proficiency on the assessment, the student should register for the assessment in April, May or June.
- The assessments will be administered through TEAMS. Students that have registered will receive individual messages with specific instructions about the assessment a week prior to the assessment date.
Seniors whose graduation plan includes the completion of the Directed Athletics process should do the following:
- Complete the application (2410P: Exh B.1 or B.2) including the school or community sport you registered for this Spring, including all signatures.
- If it is not possible to obtain all necessary signatures:
- Please contact Jeff Lowell, Director of Athletics and Activities, for additional guidance (email@example.com).
- The completed application and proficiency report will be processed through the counseling department and registrar.
If my cumulative grade point average (GPA) is currently less than 2.0 and I am a Senior, how do I get a waiver of this requirement for graduation?
The state has authorized Districts to modify select locally determined graduation requirements for current Seniors (Class of 2020). Thus, due to the long-term school building closure and its disruption to education, the District has waived the 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) graduation requirement for this year’s Seniors (Class of 2020). A Senior with less than a 2.0 GPA will not be required to submit a waiver request.
What’s happening with Advanced Placement (AP) testing?
We are encouraging all students to proceed with their plans to take their AP exams later this spring. The College Board has modified the AP Exams, so they can be taken from home.
- Exams will be given from May 11-22.
- Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5.
- Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
- View the full testing schedule.
- Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
- Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
- Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required.
Exam Scores and Credits:
As usual, students’ work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.
We’re confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We’ve spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year’s AP Exams.
The College Board has outlined steps students need to follow to be prepared to test:
Please see the attached AP 2020 Exam schedule (PDF)
- Read the 2020 AP Testing Guide (PDF) and watch the overview video (YouTube). The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year’s exams.
- Encourage your student to practice with the exam demo. Students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
- Read the required and recommended resource list. Students need to know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.
Two Days Before Each Exam:
- Confirm that registered students have located their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn’t received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn’t be shared with anyone. Students who haven’t been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.
- Remind your student to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (PDF) for each exam they’re taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they’re set up for success.
On Exam Day:
- Remind students to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Students need to know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
- Ensure your students know what to do if something goes wrong. If your student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
Online AP Classes and Review Sessions (YouTube) will focus on the exam day experience and review new sample questions for all nonportfolio courses. These sample questions are available on each subject’s course page.
If you or your student have additional questions, please check our in-depth FAQ page for educators. The College Board has developed, and are regularly updating, this comprehensive list of answers to questions They’re hearing from students and educators. Other resources are available on cb.org/ap2020.
For more information go to the CollegeBoard AP Coronavirus Updates page.
What’s happening with International Baccalaureate (IB) testing?
The International Baccalaureate organization cancelled the May 2020 exam session. Students will still be able to earn scores for their IB coursework. Students in IB classes still need to complete their Internal Assessments by April 20th.
From the IB Organization website: We will be using vast historical assessment data to ensure that we follow a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedent situation. We will be undertaking significant data analysis from previous exam sessions, individual school data, subject data as well as comparative data of schools who have already completed uploading requirements and those who have not.
We will require schools to submit the coursework for all candidates. We will externally mark work that is usually marked by teachers, instead of taking samples and applying moderation.
More information can be found at the International Baccalaureate (IB) page.
Will I still be able to earn my International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma? If so, how?
Students will be able to earn an IB Diploma.
From the IB Organization website: We will award each student a grade for each of their registered subjects using a calculation that takes into account their coursework marks and their predicted grade, as submitted to the IB by their school. For most components we will externally mark work that is usually marked by teachers, instead of taking samples and applying moderation.
Will students be awarded a Diploma, numerical grade for each subject, the core and overall?
We will be awarding Diplomas and Certificates for the May 2020 session. At a subject level, students will be awarded a grade on the normal IB 1-7 scale. Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay and the Career-Related Programme Reflective Project will be awarded a grade on the normal IB A-E scale. The DP core will be awarded on the normal IB 0-3 scale. A total points score will be awarded for the Diploma, out of 45 as normal.
What’s happening with the World Language Competency Credit Testing (WLCC)?
BSD Teaching & Learning staff are working with school-based staff to arrange testing primarily for students needing these credits for graduation. Students who had signed up for the one remaining WLCC testing at Sammamish High School will be contacted by district staff by May 1 to inform them of their testing status. Please contact Marta Trilles Ramos (firstname.lastname@example.org), Teaching and Learning Support Coordinator, if you have immediate questions.
Will the Stamp Test be available, as I still need to test for my International Spanish Academy (ISA) diploma?
Our Spanish teachers will be working with BSD Teaching & Learning staff to find a way to test any student missing an element of the ISA diploma. Testing this spring will only be for graduating seniors. Underclass students will be afforded a testing window in the 2020-21 school year. For further questions reach out to your current Spanish teacher.
What are my options if I still need the Math and/or the ELA SBA state testing requirement for graduation?
The state has granted some additional flexibility in meeting these requirements for current Seniors (Class of 2020). The state has recently announced that spring testing for the SBA will no longer be permitted for any student, including Seniors. Counselors and school administrators are examining which students could meet the requirements under the new expectations and which require an alternative plan.
Colleges and Universities
How do I order my transcript for my college or university?
In Naviance, there is a question on the senior survey that asks where you would like your final transcript to be sent. The senior survey is part of the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) seniors need to complete in order to graduate. Know that Colleges recognize this pandemic has affected high school students across the country. Many of the colleges are shifting their prior practices to accommodate students. Your final transcript will still be sent out in late June/early July to the college or university you specify in the Senior Survey, as has happened for years.
What impact will this long-term closure have on college entrance?
Colleges and Universities are well aware of the situation and that many, many students across the country could possibly have a P/NC grade for course(s) this semester. No students will be penalized in college admissions for this occurrence, nor will admission offers be revoked.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has also noted they will accept e-learning courses on transcripts this semester with no penalty.
What is the status of graduation?
Given the need for physical distancing and avoidance of large crowds, large scale events, such as graduation, necessitate significant adjustments and/or postponement. Building Principals, Senior Class Advisors, and Activity Coordinators will be working closely with Senior Class Officers and classmates to identify and plan unique Senior celebrations to honor and recognize our Seniors. Virtual Town Hall meetings are being facilitated at each building following Spring Break to engage Seniors in the brainstorming and planning, allowing them to be Creators of Their Future World. Graduations at each building may look different, based on the needs and desires of the Seniors and their families, coupled with feasibility. Pros and cons of generated options will be carefully weighed, prioritizing equity and inclusion.
It’s important to note that facilities secured for graduations are currently unavailable for use based on state guidance and/or directives and/or self-imposed decision making. It is not anticipated these facilities will be available for use prior to the end of the school year.
Can we still do Senior Prom? If so, what will that look like?
Given the need for physical distancing and avoidance of large crowds, large scale events, such as prom, necessitate significant adjustments and/or postponement. Building Principals, Senior Class Advisors, and Activity Coordinators will be working closely with Senior Class Officers and classmates to identify and plan Senior celebrations to honor and recognize our Seniors. Virtual Town Hall meetings are being facilitated at each building following Spring Break to engage Seniors in the brainstorming and planning, allowing them to be Creators of Their Future World. Celebrations at each building may look different, based on the needs and desires of the Seniors and their families, coupled with feasibility. Pros and cons of generated options will be carefully weighed, prioritizing equity and inclusion.
It’s important to note that facilities secured for Senior Prom are currently unavailable for use based on state guidance and/or directives and/or self-imposed decision making. It is not anticipated these facilities will be available for use prior to the end of the school year.
What is the status of our Senior Party?
Building Principals are in the process of contacting the Parent who is charged with coordinating the Senior party events. Specifics related to each school’s senior party will be updated on the school’s website in the Senior section as soon as information is available.
What will happen to our Senior Assembly?
Building principals, Senior class advisors, and Activity Coordinators will be working closely with Senior Class Officers and classmates to identify and plan Senior celebrations to honor and recognize our Seniors. Virtual Town Hall meetings are being facilitated at each building to engage Seniors in the brainstorming and planning, allowing them to be Creators of Their Future World. Celebrations at each building may look different, based on the needs and desires of the Seniors and their families, coupled with feasibility.
Will we be publishing a yearbook still? If so, how do we order a yearbook?
Building principals and yearbook advisors are working with District office staff to determine the status of each yearbook. The intent is to have a yearbook available at each school for purchase. Specific information about purchase dates, delivery dates, and distribution of books will be communicated by each building principal no later than May 1.
Athletics and Associated Student Body (ASB)
What is the status of spring sports?
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) shared with schools that the order issued by Governor Inslee on April 6 to close K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the school year “includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities.” This means that all practices, regular season contests, and postseason tournaments and championship events are cancelled through June 19. Processing refunds for spring sports participation and transportation fees is currently underway.
Supervisors of Athletics and Student Supports at each building are currently contemplating ways with which to honor athletes from the spring season.
What should I do if I need to return athletic equipment to the school?
The District is currently developing a structure for students and families to retrieve non-emergent items from the building and/or return items back to the school or district that were borrowed. This includes athletic equipment. Once that plan is finalized, students and families will be informed of the process.
What is the status of overnight field trips or day field trips scheduled after April 27th?
Given the school building closure through at least the end of this school year, all overnight and day field trips have been cancelled through August 31, at minimum.
When can clubs and activities begin to conduct remote meetings?
Club advisors, of which nearly all are district teaching staff, are currently heavily immersed in developing new and unique ways to support your learning, and that of your peers, which necessitated postponing formal club activities.
The Athletics and Activities Department is currently developing guidelines for all ASB clubs to operate under during the closure. The intent is to have the plan finalized and to inform students and staff no later than May 1.