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WS/FCS Superintendent Sends Letter to Class of 2020

April 8, 2020 - As the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education finalizes grading and graduation requirements for the Class of 2020, Dr. Angela Hairston, WS/FCS Superintendent, is sending a personal letter to all of the nearly 3,700 members of this year’s graduating class.

Hairston writes, “The past few weeks have been not been easy. I am saddened to watch as so many pieces of this momentous year are taken away from you.  Your senior experience has not been what anyone, especially you, could have imagined or wanted.”

Dr. Hairston says she felt it important that she personally let seniors know what the Board of Education and her leadership team have decided about their graduation requirements.  She also shared that the decisions being made in light of the COVID-19 crisis have not been easy. 

In her letter she continued by saying, “I hope you know that everything we’ve done thus far is with your best interest in mind.  Your safety and the safety of those you love is of utmost importance. We, too, have learned, and experienced things, we never thought imaginable.  Like you, we are also ‘graduating’ from this experience with an understanding of something unexpected and new.”

Hairston explained that April 27, 2020, will be the last academic day for seniors meeting minimum state graduation requirements.  She also explained those who still have Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses can get support while working to finish those requirements.  She went on to say after April, teachers will focus on helping those seniors who need continued support through May in meeting their requirements so they, too, can graduate at the end of the district calendar year in June.

Hairston also told seniors that at this time no plans have been made to cancel or change traditional graduation ceremonies.  She assured seniors that if changes or cancellation becomes necessary, they will be notified as soon as possible. 

Read the full letter via this link. English | Spanish