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Schools’ alternative credits policy on hold

It may be May – or even June – before the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board revises a policy concerning alternative credits toward graduation.

The proposed policy highlights revisions that better reflect how students gain access to and approval to obtain alternative credit; the options available to obtain alternative credit; when alternative credit does and does not count toward graduation and grade-point average; and how alternative credit is recorded within student transcripts.

The board took up the matter at its March 11 meeting, but board president Helen Marsh cautioned that it could be May or June before the board passes the revised policy.

“The board will comment at April’s meeting,” she said. “But we want to revise this policy so it will be in effect for the next school year.”

And while members of the audience applauded the fact that students need alternatives, most suggested a committee comprised of a board member, school administration, parents and students should iron out the policy.

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