Modified Graduation Requirements for the Rocky High Class of '22
Worried about the impact of COVID-19 on students, the Rock Island school board has modified the requirements for high school graduation.
Superintendent Reginald Lawrence says the current required number of credits to graduate is 24, but the board agreed to lower that to 18 for seniors hoping to graduate in the spring.
"We have a number of students over the last year and-a-half that have been impacted by, whether it's being able to complete courses, the social-emotional learning component of it, you know some students taking on additional jobs to help take care of home."
Doctor Lawrence says the Graduation Requirement Committee will soon start meeting again, and discuss possible changes for future classes.
"If you adjust the number of credits needed, what impact does that have in a number of other areas. Does that impact staffing, does it impact courses that are offered, or what do you do for elective courses that are currently offered and may not potentially be offered."
Other school districts in this area require fewer credits to graduate, and the state of Illinois only sets the minimum at 16 and three-quarters (16.75).