EPISD amends graduation requirements

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - Walking the stage at graduation at the end of senior year almost didn't happen for some El Paso Independent School District students.

Under EPISD's graduation requirements, the class of 2018 would have been the first to have had to complete 120-hours of community service as an actual requirement to walk for graduation, but with a semester away from that the district is changed it's mind.

This requirement was set in place three years ago for the 2018 class. Before being mandatory, students had the option of completing 120-hours of community service throughout their four years of high school, ideally 30 per semester.

A spokesperson for EPISD says this change came from feedback given by parents, teachers, and administrators who felt 120-hours was overwhelming for some students to complete- especially students who already had to complete additional service hours for clubs or sports.

"Really it was very flexible. It could be anything from you helped a neighbor clean their yard or you volunteered at church mostly to teach that lesson of service. Whichever way that works for you we just wanted to show that service was important," said EPISD Spokesperson Melissa Martinez.

Martinez tells KTSM these hours were tracked using the "honor system" where students would self-log their hours into the system, but says many of them were not doing that.

As for the students who did complete the 120-hours before graduation, EPISD says they will be recognized and given a special cord for graduation.


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