High school students who want an extra year in school after struggling with distance learning and the absence of friends and activities during the pandemic should be allowed to do so, Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic said Tuesday.
He’s not alone in the push.
Slatic proposed that students in grades 9 through 12 be allowed to return for what he’s calling a “redshirt” year, and not just because they are struggling with classwork.
In college athletics, students may withdraw from competition while still practicing for a year as a “redshirt” and retain their four years of athletic eligibility.
“Academics are, of course, our Number 1 concern and emphasis in this plan, but high school is so, so much more,” Slatic said in a prepared statement. “Students and families opting for this plan will, in addition to the academic emphasis, be able to enjoy all of the opportunities that comprise the high school experience.”
Meanwhile, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has proposed legislation with provisions for students to repeat a grade because of learning losses during the pandemic.
Assembly Bill 104, which is pending before the Assembly Education Committee, would allow juniors and seniors to have a fifth year in high school to earn the credits needed to obtain a high school diploma.