Letter from JSHS Principal regarding Regents Exams

April 8, 2020

Dear Families:

As of this week, New York State has cancelled Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for June.  

As a result of this ruling, students presently enrolled in classes that traditionally end in a Regents exam are now exempted from the examination requirements associated with the course.  Additionally, students who had intended to retake a Regents exam in June that they had failed previously are now exempt from the exam requirement as well.   

In order to qualify for the exemption, students MUST have earned credit in the course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year.  In other words, students will only receive Regents Exam credit if they have met the standards for the course. Please be advised, students can not  “blow off” a course and expect to be credited for the exam. It is essential that students seek to engage in the learning being offered remotely by our teachers to set themselves up for course completion.   Should you need any help connecting with teachers, please do not hesitate to contact me at mklafehn@newlebanoncsd.org.  

Hopefully, the absence of Regents exams will alleviate some of the stress associated with the school year, allowing teachers and students to focus on key standards that will help our students progress from grade to grade, curriculum to curriculum.  Students will in essence be held harmless provided they have been engaged in their coursework, showing evidence of understanding along the way.  

Specific questions with regard to how this ruling affects individual students, graduation requirements and anticipated diploma types can be directed to either myself or Dr. Kristen Levenson, interim school counselor (klevenson@newlebanoncsd.org).  Thank you for your partnership over the past few weeks.  We appreciate all of your efforts.    


Matthew R. Klafehn, Principal