Too Stressed to Fail: LAUSD Will Not Hand Out ‘F’ Grades This Semester

Los Angeles Unified students who fell behind this semester are getting a second chance. The state’s largest school district announced Monday that it would defer failing grades until at least Jan. 29. That gives failing students additional time avoid an F.

School Officials cited unprecedented hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stress is evident in school performance declines, especially among students of color.

Elmer Roldan, executive director of the advocacy group Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, praised the decision.

“Failing kids is sending the wrong message and further increasing their chances of being pushed out of school,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “This is not the time to castigate students when their families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.”

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