House Bills 1121 and 1131 (Laws of 2021) authorized the State Board of Education to adopt rules to implement an emergency waiver program to authorize school districts and private schools to waive certain graduation requirements because of disruptions in learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2021, the Board adopted emergency rules for an emergency waiver program for students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Emergency rules are necessary to allow for students and educators to plan for students to be able to use the waiver, and, if appropriate, to graduate in 2021.
The Board anticipates adopting permanent rules for an emergency waiver program for students in the Classes of 2020 through the Class of 2022 at the July 2021 Board meeting. These permanent rules will replace the emergency rules once the emergency rules have expired. Permanent rules will apply to cohorts of student through the Class of 2022.