Students who haven't completed graduation requirements shouldn't be allowed to participate in high school graduation ceremonies unless extenuating circumstances prevented them from completing credits, according to the first draft of revised graduation policies put forth by the 's graduation task force.
The school principal must recommend any exception allowing students to participate in graduation, with the final decision left to the superintendent, under the draft policy. The proposed revision also calls for instituting a summer graduation for students who aren't able to graduate on time because they are five to ten credits short but do complete their credits in summer school.
The graduation task force, comprised of administrators, teachers, parents and students, was assembled to address concerns that arose after last year's graduation, when Acting Superintendent Adolfo Melara allowed with little notice, in some cases over the objection of their principal.
The existing policy gives the superintendent sole discretion to decide whether a student can participate in graduation.
The proposed revision will come before the school board at its Thursday night meeting for a first reading. The public will be able to comment on the policy. Under board policies, the board may take action on the item at the second reading, though it may waive the second reading or ask for a further reading.
The school board's Thursday meeting will take place district office at 398 B Street at 7 p.m. The board will also:
- consider appointments to the positions of assistant superintendent of educational services and director of technology.
- hear a presentation from staff on the district's special education programs.
- consider a proposal to appoint Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth as district bond counsel.
- hear an initial proposal from the Classroom Teachers Association for contract negotiations for the 2012-2015 school year. SSFUSD will also present an initial proposal to the Classroom Teachers Assocation.
- vote on whether to approve a Chevron cogeneration system at South San Francisco High School using Measure J bond funds.
- consider approving an anti-bullying policy.