BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Public Schools announced that failing students will not have to repeat a grade on Tuesday.

The district said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students experienced challenges and interruptions in their learning. Additionally, they recognize the difficult year students have had and the pandemic’s impact on academic performance, progress and social-emotional wellbeing.

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Because of this, officials believe it would unfair to retain students. The district said that grading practices will be adjusted to provide a personalized, multi-year learning plan to support students in completing unfinished learning and allowing them to earn the credits they need for graduation.

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For this school year, parents should expect to see the following changes on students final report card:

• PreK, K & 1: No change
• Grades 2-5: Replace Unsatisfactory (U) with Not Completed (NC)
• Grades 6-8: Replace Fail (F) with Not Completed (NC)
• Grades 9-12 & IB: Replace Fail (F) with No Credit (NC)

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CBS Baltimore Staff