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January Regents Exams Canceled

Friday, November 6, 2020 -

Dear Liverpool CSD Families and Staff:

As you may be aware, yesterday the New York State Department of Education announced that January Regents Exams, originally scheduled for January 26-29, 2021, have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to Interim Commissioner Betty A. Rosa, the decision was made because there remains uncertainty as to when all secondary-level students will return to fully in-person instruction, as well as to whether the exams could be administered in a fair, equitable and safe manner for all secondary-level students and teachers.

What does this mean?

For those impacted by the cancellation of the January Regents Exams, the State Education Department will ask the Board of Regents to adopt emergency regulations pertaining to assessment requirements students must meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials and endorsements. Students who were planning to take one or more Regents Examinations during the January 2021 examination period at the conclusion of a course of study or make up program shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing such Regents Examination to be issued a diploma.

To qualify for the exemption, the student must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a course of study that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a January 2021 Regents Examination and earn credit for such course of study by the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year; or
  • Between September 1, 2020 and the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, successfully complete a make-up program for the purpose of earning course credit; or
  • Be preparing to take a required Regents Examination to graduate at the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

For more information regarding the State Education Department’s decision, click here.

Please note that no decision has been made regarding Regents Exams scheduled for June and August 2021, or any other state assessment programs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the many changes that have taken place throughout the first few months of school.



Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools

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