GBCS school board eases graduation requirements for next 4 years

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education has eased graduation requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school board last week suspended the district’s policy regarding the number of credits required for graduation. The suspension will remain in effect for four years.

Superintended Clarence Garner recommended the change because of the impact COVID has had on the students’ ability to learn.

“We know that, for many of our students, this last year has affected them both academically and socially,” said Garner. “With all of our students having to pivot to either a remote or virtual learning environment for most of last year, and for a lot of them, not having any of the supports we know that are needed to ensure that they are successful, it has impacted their ability to be as successful as they could have been if we had been face-to-face in that setting.”

The classes of 2021 and 2022 will be required to successfully complete 22 credits. The requirement for the classes of 2023 and 2024 will be 23 credits.

Prior to the suspension, 24 credits were required.

“This will provide some relief as (students) work to meet all of the requirements for graduation,” Garner said, adding that the change is an effort “to get our students headed in a positive direction academically.”

The Class of 2025 will be required to have 24 credits.

The credits still must include the 18 core courses delineated in the Michigan Merit Curriculum.