The Manchester Board of Education suspended several policies to address short term conflicts between board policy and the emergency rules set by the state board of education.
“To address these conflicts the Tennessee School Board Association and the school board attorney recommend temporarily suspending portions of the school policies for the remainder of the school year,” said Chairman of the Board Travis Hillis.
Changes were made concerning Policy 4.700 Testing Programs Policy 5.109 Evaluation Policy 5.802 Qualifications and Duties of the Director of Schools.
On April 9, the state board of education held a special call meeting to address COVID-19 for the 2019-2020 School Year.
The board recommended changes to attendance reporting, grades, graduation requirements, and testing, among other areas.
Part of the measures included for the highschool level less stringent graduation requirements, including lowering the graduation requirement from 22 credit hours to 20 credit hours for high school seniors. Those 20 credits include four in math, four in English, three in science, two in social studies and seven additional credit hours instead of nine. End-of-year exams will also not be given. Tennessee lawmakers already dropped TNReady and end-of-course exam requirements during the expedited legislative session in March. The requirements to take the ACT or SAT will also be dropped this year.
Other changed lessened absences and truancy reporting and addressed grading.