Exemption policy set for December exams

Some classes must take finals


photo or infographic by Emily Meachen

EXAM EXEMPTIONS. Semester exams will be the last week of the semester before holiday break.

The end of the semester is quickly approaching. With the end of the semester comes final exams. Last week the administration released the final exemption policy for this semester. 

Since class periods are now 95 minutes, there will be no need for an altered schedule for the exams. Final exams will be administered during the regular scheduled classes during the week of December 14th.  All students are eligible for exemptions from the exams if they meet the requirements. 

“The policy seems really reasonable for how this year is going,” senior Hannah Pevateaux said. “I agree with the exemption policy completely because it gives us all a chance to get exempted from the exams.”

Grades are a really big part when it comes to trying to be exempted from the exams. Students will need at least an 80 or higher for their semester average to have a chance of being exempt from finals. Conduct is also another part that is important. An ISS/OSS assignment will keep a student from being exempt from finals.

“I think the exemption policy is fair this year,” history teacher Bryan Thomas said “I think that if you are handling your business in the classroom and in the building, you should be exempt from the finals. I really think that if a student does well during the semester with good grades, then he or she should be recognized and rewarded.”

Despite many changes to the policy, AP, DC and some CTE classes will still be required to take final exams.  These exams are required for certifications and by Lone Star College.

“I’m honestly not too upset by no exemptions,” senior Bailey Chapman said. “I made the decision to be in DC classes which are college level classes. It might be more stressful having to take final exams for my classes, but I signed up for it.”

Students would have to be free from all fees, fines, and holds to qualify. Examples being the Chromebook fee, cafeteria, library and textbooks. Students also could not be exempt if they are in danger of losing credit based on their attendance.