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Oroho Measure Expanding Educational Opportunities for High School Students Becomes Law

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Creates Bridge Year program to compensate for pandemic’s impact

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation allowing high school students scheduled to graduate with the Classes of 2021 and 2022 to opt for an additional year of school to recoup educational opportunities lost to the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law today.

Senator Oroho’s legislation to allow some high school students to opt for an additional year of school to compensate for time loss due to COVID lockdowns is now law. (Pixabay)

Under the new law, students have the option to participate in the “Bridge Year Pilot Program” established by Oroho’s bill (S-2383) to strengthen their academic credentials and participate in extracurricular activities and spring scholastic sports.

“High school students across the state suffered when the virus forced the closing of our schools. This program can help them make up for lost time and serve as a launch pad to post-high school accomplishments,” said Oroho (R-26). “The extra year of instruction can give them a chance to improve grades and standardized test records before deciding on their futures. Whether pursuing a college degree, a career in skilled trades, military service or joining the workforce, they will be better prepared.”

Students participating in the bridge year are eligible to graduate with their high school classmates, but will remain enrolled in the high school and attend fall and spring classes. Instruction will include nine to 12 credits per semester from an institute of higher education or a county college.

“I appreciate the hard work and leadership of co-prime sponsor Senator Paul Sarlo on this legislation to provide this opportunity to our students,” said Oroho. “The Governor signing this bipartisan bill today helps next year’s seniors make plans now.”

County college credits will be available for bridge students at $145 per credits, plus a maximum of $45 laboratory fee per course, and students must maintain a 2.0 grade average to remain in the program.

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