Parents and teachers alike in North Carolina are supporting a petition to allow the state to waive final exams this year because of the pandemic.
Since schools started back, districts have flipped between in-person and online learning and some students have been learning remotely for the majority of the year. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, that means end-of-course testing is imminent. Students are required to take the exams in-person, but some people believe it should be different during these unprecedented times.
"We have families who are not comfortable attending school at this point and I think that's the most important part of this," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board Member Sean Strain.
An online petition was created to address this and ask Gov. Roy Cooper and other state officials to waive the exam requirements as well as apply for a waiver from the federal government to waive the mandated standardized tests.
"Bringing children back into buildings as COVID-19 cases continue to rise demonstrates a violation of public schools' obligation to protect and act in the best interest of children," the petition, created by NC Families For School Testing Reform, reads.
As of Friday (November 20), the petition has over 1,500 signatures. If the state agrees to the waiver, it must still be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
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