Governor J.B. Pritzker updated the School Code by Executive Order on April 24, 2020, modifying, in part, the requirements for High School Graduation.
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The relevant sections include:
Section 8. The following provisions of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., requiring certain assessments and courses for twelfth grade students, are suspended:
- 105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5(c) (requirement to take State assessments),
- 105 ILCS 5/27-3 (requirement to pass a satisfactory examination on patriotism and the principles of representative government),
- 105 ILCS 5/27-6(a) (requirement to engage in a course of physical education for a minimum of 3 days per 5-day week), and
- 105 ILCS 5/27-12.1(a) (requirement to be taught consumer education).
Section 9. The provision of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-22.43a, requiring the successful completion of a foreign language proficiency examination for students whose foreign language credit is met through an approved ethnic school program, is suspended.
Section 10. The provision of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-6.5, requiring physical fitness assessments, is suspended.
Section 11. The provision of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-22(e), requiring the successful completion of certain courses as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, is suspended for twelfth grade students who are unable to complete such coursework as a result of the suspension of in-person instruction due to COVID-19.
Section 13. Twelfth grade students shall not be denied credit for apprenticeships or vocational or technical education courses allowed to be substituted for graduation requirements under the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-22.05, due to the student’s inability to complete those course substitutions as a result of the suspension of in-person instruction due to COVID-19.
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