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NEW: June graduations at Alamo Stadium

You held out hope for a traditional closing to an untraditional senior year, and your wishes are coming to fruition. With safety protocols in place, the District will be holding commencement events in June at our historic Alamo Stadium, which opened 80 years ago to students full of ambition and energy much like you. Students have been creating memories in this stadium since 1940, and there is not a more traditional setting for our Class of 2020 to commemorate their final moments as SAISD students. 

A graduation event is the culmination of years of hard work and the determination to succeed. You did it! We cannot wait to celebrate this treasured moment with you before you set off to follow your dreams.

Read the full announcement from the superintendent
Visit the Class of 2020 Celebration page
Learn how you also can watch the in-person ceremonies via livestream

 

June graduation schedule (click to enlarge)

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The Class of 2020 is committed to going to college! 

This episode of the SAISD Virtual Q&A series focuses on high school seniors and questions about going to college. Below are links to additional college resources.

How to apply for college
How to enroll in college
How to apply for financial aid
Who are my college-bound counselors?
College admission updates because of COVID-19
Test-optional admissions because of COVID-19

 

June College Chats: (click image for details)

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FAQ

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What are the safety protocols to follow during the in-person graduation ceremony?
It’s important that our seniors have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers and teachers one final time before their paths diverge to college and career, giving them the traditional closure of a high school graduation. The District has made the decision to hold graduations in June at Alamo Stadium, following these health and safety protocols. The schedule for the high school graduation ceremonies is online here.

TEA Guidelines

How does a district obtain approval to conduct an in-person graduation ceremony? 
TEA worked with public health specialists and a superintendent task force to identify the circumstances under which an in-person ceremony may occur. Guidelines for in-person graduation ceremonies per TEA is online here

How does a district obtain approval to conduct a completely virtual graduation ceremony? 
Graduation ceremonies that will be completely virtual are approved and may proceed in accordance with local plans. A student may participate in a virtual graduation ceremony upon certification that the student has satisfied all graduation requirements. No action is required on the part of school districts to obtain approval for a virtual ceremony. 

I paid for my cap and gown for graduation.  When and where can I pick them up?
Josten’s will work with the each SAISD high school campus to distribute caps and gowns to seniors within public health safety guidelines. Please refer to your high school website for updates or contact your school counselor.

Will there be prom?
High school principals are working with their student leadership to determine if/when to reschedule their prom events.

Will class rank still be calculated?
In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §51.803, Districts must identify junior and senior students in the top 10% of their class for the purposes of eligibility for automatic college admission to a Texas institution of higher education. 

Will there be a summer school for credit recovery for seniors?
Yes. Each high school is working on a program for credit recovery this summer. Students should contact their counselor for more information.

How will I know that I am college ready by the end of the year?
All high schools are continuing to ensure structures are in place for students to be on track for college readiness no later than the fall semester of their senior year. 

If I have questions about whether I have completed all I need to for graduation, who should I call?
If you have questions about graduation, here are the high school counselors, listed by school, who can help you.

Since the District will remain closed for the remainder of the year, will credits be awarded for graduation?
Yes. Credit for courses for high school graduation will be awarded based on a student's demonstrated proficiency in the essential knowledge and skills for the course based, in part, on work completed in online courses. 

What if I do not currently have enough credits to graduate?
Students must complete credit requirements to graduate. Students who successfully complete the 4th 9 weeks and have a passing semester average will receive credit for the semester. Students who are short credits to graduate may continue to accumulate credits in their credit recovery courses. 

What if I failed an EOC required for graduation?
Seniors in the 2019– 2020 school year who have not yet met assessment requirements for graduation may be eligible to graduate as a result of an individual graduation committee (IGC) review. The school counselor will contact your parents if this is the case. 

What is the Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) process?
A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of a special process of obtaining an individual graduation committee (IGC) determination. 

According to the requirements, as part of the IGC, each student will:
- Participate in the IGC process to ensure that alternate graduation requirements and expectations are clearly understood
- Attend additional hours of remediation as outlined by the IGC
- Complete an approved project or portfolio per EOC that exhibits proficiency in the EOC area(s) 

Are all students eligible to receive an IGC review?
Seniors who were enrolled in the district during the 2019–2020 school year may graduate via an IGC determination, regardless of the number of EOC exams they still need to pass. In accordance with TEC, §28.0258, students must successfully complete the curriculum requirements for high school graduation as identified in Title 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 74, Subchapter B. Districts and charter schools must determine if a student has met all other graduation requirements under TEC, §28.025(c), including successful completion of all curriculum requirements or an individualized education program. 

 




A student who is on schedule to complete graduation requirements in Spring 2020 but does not have the opportunity to retake a STAAR EOC assessment prior to graduation is not required to pass that specific test to fulfill graduation requirements but will need to successfully complete the IGC process to be eligible to graduate.  

A student who is on schedule to complete graduation requirements in Spring 2020 and was scheduled to take a required EOC for the first time in Spring 2020 is not required to pass that specific test to fulfill graduation requirements. An IGC is not needed in such circumstances. 

What is the timeline for the IGC?
The IGC process has begun at all high school campuses. Counselors will be contacting families. Administrative rules specify that a school district may not establish an initial IGC for eligible students after June 10. 

In accordance with 19 TAC §74.1025(d), an IGC must make a decision to award a diploma no later than August 31 of each school year in order for the student to be included as a graduate in the district or charter school's graduation data in the school year in which the student meets the requirements. Please note that a decision to award a diploma via an IGC determination can be made after this date. In such cases, a student would be reported in the subsequent year's graduation data. 

If I receive special education services, will requirements be waived so that I am able to graduate?
If you receive special education services, your IGC will be included as part of an ARD meeting and will not be held separately. The ARD committee, of which you are a part, will determine what you need to do to complete your graduation requirements. Unless otherwise indicated in your Individualized Education Program (IEP), you must meet all graduation requirements. If you have any questions, please connect with your monitoring teacher or with the special education department on your campus. You can also contact the central office special education department at (210) 354-9565 or specialeducation@saisd.net.

What should I do if I still need to take one or more parts of the TSI test?
Check with your college or university to see if they are still requiring results from this test.  Many colleges are looking at “multiple measures” for registration and placement including grades in your English and math courses, and/or your scores on your EOC exams.
 
SAISD is currently working on a plan for students who urgently need to take this assessment to do so remotely.  Contact your high school counselor for information about who should apply to take this test.  Be sure that you have successfully completed any tutoring or preparation for retaking this test before you try to register for your virtual assessment.
 
If you are currently enrolled in the College Prep Math or College Prep English class, and you plan to go to one of the Alamo Colleges or UTSA, work to pass your class with a 75 or higher.  This grade will function as an equivalent to the TSI and will allow you to register for credit-bearing first year math and English courses.
 
Will I be able to complete my Industry-Based Certification?
SAISD will continue to support all students that have started the certification process even if this requires support into the summer and the fall. SAISD will continue to support seniors after graduation to finish out certification requirements.  Certifications that require skills attainment (hours or testing) will be set up when students are allowed to return to campuses. Students are requested to communicate with their teacher for updates related to process.  Please feel free to email Christina Mank-Allen if you have questions or concerns about your certification program.

I am a high school student. Can I still take college readiness tests like the TSI, SAT or ACT?
For SAT, if it is safe from a public health standpoint, there will be weekend SAT administrations every month, beginning in August and continuing through the end of the calendar year. SAISD plans on administering our In-School SAT in October 2020.

Many universities also are becoming test optional and waiving the SAT or ACT from their admission requirements for the next few graduation classes, especially since 11th graders will have less opportunities to test these next few months.

The state of Texas has provided guidance and training for schools to proctor the TSI test remotely through video conferencing tools like Zoom. SAISD anticipates being able to proctor tests for students in early May.

What if  I have course credits from my home country?
Your transcript will be reviewed by a counselor who has experience with evaluating transcripts from outside of the United States.  You may email Cynthia O’Donnell or call her at (210) 554-2590 in the Office of Bilingual Education. 

What if I have questions about my English I provision?
Please email Cynthia O’Donnell or call her at (210) 554-2590 in the Office of Bilingual Education.

I’m enlisting in the military and am required to show proof of completing graduation before I leave for my first assignment at the end of June.  Will I be able to do this on time?
Yes, for seniors who have completed all requirements for graduation, transcripts will be updated to reflect a completed graduation status. 

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