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States ease graduation requirements as coronavirus closures extend

March 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered school buildings across the nation at unprecedented speed, with nearly all states closed through April and a handful extending closures through the end of the academic year. For high schools, the rapidly changing situation has thrown usual traditions for a loop: senior proms are being canceled and graduation ceremonies postponed or becoming virtual events.

Among those changes are recommendations or orders from many states —​ including Virginia, Tennessee, Washington, Kansas and Idaho —​ to waive certain graduation requirements.

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