COVID-19 Regents Examination Declination of Exemption

June 5, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.  As you are likely aware, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has canceled the administration of the June 2020 and August 2020 Regents Examinations.  Subsequently, NYSED also issued modifications of certain assessment requirements towards graduation and has mandated that we notify you of your right to decline exemption from the canceled Regents exams.  

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with additional guidance from NYSED as it pertains to the parent/guardian option to “decline the exemption” of certain assessments for your child.  Please be informed that by declining the exemption of a Regents Examination, a NYSED Approved Alternative examination, a Pathway examination or a waiver of unfinished Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential requirements, your child will not receive a diploma.  Furthermore, please be advised that this decision is irrevocable, and therefore, your child will be ineligible to graduate until he or she meets all graduation assessment requirements, including any assessment that was previously eligible for an exemption and was declined by you.  Please note, any student, including a student with a disability, who does not earn a Regents or local diploma continues to be eligible for a free, appropriate public education until the end of the school year in which the student turns age 21, or until the receipt of diploma, whichever occurs first.

The process of declining a Regents Examination exemption requires the completion and return of a “Regents Examination Exemption Declination” form.  This form is enclosed/attached with this letter. Should you choose to submit this form, please return, via email to: [email protected], or mail to: Monroe-Woodbury High School, 155 Dunderberg Road, Central Valley, NY 10917, Attention: Kathy Lahm.  Please note, it is not necessary to return this form unless you wish to use it specifically as a formal option to decline the exemption of Regents Examination administration.

As you may have questions regarding this exemption refusal option and its direct impact on your child, please feel free to contact his/her guidance counselor for further clarification specific to your child. You can also find additional information on graduation requirements here:

Best wishes,

Dr. Eric J. Hassler
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Regents Exam Exemption Declination Form 6.5.20