By: Malena Esposito
As a member of the Class of 2019, Senior Exemptions have without a doubt been one of the greatest blessings I’ve been given thus far. However, it appears as though twelfth graders aren’t the only ones that will be able to appreciate this absolute joy.
According to a report leaked by an anonymous WCPSS employee, “Junior Exemptions” will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year. This means that while this will not impact the Class of 2020, it will impact the Class of 2021 and beyond.
Just like Senior Exemptions, the rules for Junior Exemption eligibility go as follows:
If you have an A in a class, you are allowed 3 excused absences.
If you have a B in a class, you are allowed 2 excused absences.
If you have a C in a class, you are allowed 1 excused absence.
However, it is important to note that exemptions are only applicable to teacher-made exams, not state-made or AP exams. In addition, the absences in question MUST be excused. If an absence is unexcused, the student will not be exempt.
As someone who has experienced the pure delight of receiving exemptions, I’m so happy that the option will be accessible to a greater volume of students. Exemptions have not only saved me hours of studying at the end of the semester, but have also motivated me to attend class almost indefinitely. By being present, I don’t have to worry about drowning in make-up work and my parents don’t have to worry about writing a note for the Attendance Office. Additionally, being able to stay on top of assignments often results in better grades, which often results in an increased GPA.
I can honestly say that being exempt from exams has truly kept any symptoms of Senioritis as dormant as possible, and I hope that rising Juniors and Seniors can benefit from this opportunity as much as I have.