SACRAMENTO – California students have missed out on crucial learning time during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the State Assembly passed Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s (D-San Diego) Assembly Bill 104 on a 77 – 0 vote to provide families with a flexible menu of options to help K-12 students recover from lost instruction time.
“Now that our kids are returning to the classroom, we need to focus on supporting students who have fallen behind and lost a year of educational progress,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “AB 104 provides students and parents with immediate steps they can take to help their children get back on track.”
Gonzalez’s urgency legislation helps ensure California students aren’t penalized for educational setbacks during the pandemic and targets recovery options that support students’ individual learning needs.
Retaking Grade Level
AB 104 requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to implement a temporary policy allowing students to retake a grade.
The bill requires that parents are notified on or before June 15, 2021 of their ability to request their student retake their 2020–21 grade level for the 2021–22 academic year. Following a request, the school would consult with the parent, student, and student’s teacher to determine whether this option would be in the student’s best interest.
Student Grade Reconsideration
Under the bill, students enrolled in high school during the 2020-21 school year would have the opportunity to change letter grades to a Pass or No Pass grade on the student’s transcript. A student’s GPA and ability to access to state financial aid for higher education would not be negatively affected.
5th Year of High School
Schools would be required to allow students who are enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic to complete their high school graduation requirements, including an option to enroll in a 5th year of instruction if that would enable them to graduate with a high school diploma.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Latina Inequities. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, visit http://asm.ca.gov/gonzalez