Assembly Bill (AB) 104 requires school districts to implement policies that give students opportunities to counteract the impact of the pandemic on students' academic achievement and graduation credits. The new law, which went into effect on July 1, 2021, includes options that include requesting retention for eligible students, as noted below, changing grades to a Pass or No Pass for students enrolled in high school last year, and waiving local district graduation requirements that exceed the state credit and course minimums for students who were juniors or seniors in the 2020-21 school year.
Request for Retention K-11th Grade
AB 104 requires the San Lorenzo Unified School District to implement a supplemental policy regarding the retention of pupils who, in the 2020–21 academic year, received deficient grades, as specified, for at least 1/2 of the pupil’s coursework, except for pupils enrolled in grade 12 during 2020–21. The bill requires San Lorenzo Unified School District within 30 calendar days of receiving a written retention consultation request from a parent, to conduct the consultation with the parent, the pupil, the administrator, and a teacher. To request a consultation for retention for your student in grades K-11, please contact your school site administrator.
Parents and guardians should note that research on retention “does not produce higher achievement” according to the California Department of Education. Further, pupil retention is one of the few interventions shown to have a negative effect on learning.
Option to Change Letter Grade to Pass/No Pass Applications Due September 17, 2021
Parents of a student, or a student that is 18 years of age, that attended high school during the 2020-2021 school year can request to change a grade to Pass (Credit) or No Pass (No Credit) if they were enrolled in the course during the 2020-2021 school year. Please use this application due September 17, 2021, if you want to request a grade change from a high school within the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Completed applications need to be submitted to the front office of your high school.
The new law requires the California State University (CSU), and encourages the University of California (UC) and private postsecondary institutions, to accept those grades. For more information about the CSU, you can refer to this webpage. For more information about the UC, you can refer to this webpage. Some postsecondary institutions, including those in other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grade for admissions. For a list of the institutions that will accept a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade in place of a letter grade, you can refer to this webpage.
Official Postsecondary Institution Name
California State University Schools:
- California State University, Bakersfield
- California State University Channel Islands
- California State University, Chico
- California State University, Dominguez Hills
- California State University, East Bay
- California State University, Fresno
- California State University, Fullerton
- Humboldt State University
- California State University, Long Beach
- California State University, Los Angeles
- California State University Maritime Academy
- California State University, Monterey Bay
- California State University, Northridge
- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- California State University, Sacramento
- California State University, San Bernardino
- San Diego State University
- San Francisco State University
- San José State University
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
- California State University-San Marcos
- Sonoma State University
- California State University, Stanislaus
University of California:
- UC Berkeley
- UC Davis
- UC Irvine
- UC Los Angeles
- UC Merced
- UC Riverside
- UC San Diego
- UC San Francisco
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Cruz
- Saint Mary's College of California
- Holy Names University
- Pitzer College
- University of La Verne
- Westmont College
- Santa Clara University
- University of Saint Katherine
- University of Southern California
- ArtCenter College of Design
- California Baptist University
- University of San Francisco
- La Sierra University
Questions regarding eligible institutions: College and Career Coordinator Olga Pineda: (510) 317 - 4674
High school juniors and seniors in the 2020-2021 school year that were not on track to graduate are not required to complete coursework and other requirements adopted by the school board or county office of education. The district must offer the opportunity for juniors and seniors to complete statewide required coursework if they are not on track to graduate in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year because of statewide requirements.
If you are eligible for this exemption you must be notified whether any of the waived requirements will affect your ability to gain admission to a post-secondary educational institution. The law also requires the district to notify you that there is a program in place within the college system in which you may gain entry into the UC system through the successful completion of specific requirements at a California community college.
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your child’s administrator, the College and Career Office, or the Director of Secondary Education.