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AB104 Information

AB104 BILL INFORMATION
 
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 104 into law, and we’d like to provide you with important information on how this legislation may relate to your student. The bill contained three major provisions: retention, grading, and graduation policies. 

Below you will find information about each provision:  

Retention 
In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, students will be eligible for a retention consultation if they received deficient grades for at least one-half of their coursework in 2020-21 and their parents are interested in holding them back a grade level. Deficient grades include grades of D, F, or No Pass. This temporary retention policy is in addition to any existing district retention policies. Students who were in 12th grade in 2020-21 are not eligible.
 
Parents/guardians of eligible students must request the retention consultation in writing. Districts then have 30 calendar days to hold the consultation and 10 calendar days after that meeting to issue a final decision.   
 
All AB104 requests must be submitted, in writing, and received by August 6, 2021

How to Request Retention Consultation

If you would like to request a retention consultation for your “eligible pupil” (a pupil who has received deficient grades for at least one-half of the pupil’s coursework in the 2020-21 academic year), please follow these steps:

  1. Review the Frequently Asked Questions below
  2. Print, fill out, sign, and date  the AB 104 Retention Consultation Request form, and submit to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s Student Family Services Department.
  3. You will be contacted and a consultation meeting will be held within 30 calendar days after submitting your request
  4. All AB104 requests must be submitted, in writing, and received by August 6, 2021
 
Retention Frequently Asked Questions

Students in grades K-11 that are eligible pupils.  An “eligible pupil” is defined as a student who received deficient grades for at least one-half of the student’s coursework in 2020-2021 academic year.

K = 1 (Insufficient Progress towards Grade Level Standards) or N (Needs Improvement)

Grades 1-5 = 1 (Insufficient Progress towards Grade Level Standards) or N (Needs Improvement)

Grades 6-11 = D/F or No Pass

The consultation meeting must be held within 30 calendar days after receiving a written request for an “eligible pupil”.

If your student is an “eligible pupil”, you may request the AB 104 Retention Consultation.

You will be notified within 10 calendar days of the consultation of the final determination. The notice will be sent home via mail.

According to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Bylaw 204, students are eligible for 8 CONSECUTIVE semesters of athletic participation.  “Once a student attends a class and is continuously enrolled for 15 school days that clock begins”. 
 
NLMUSD cannot grant any additional semesters of athletic eligibility.  
 
In extremely rare circumstances, CIF can grant a hardship as described in CIF Bylaws 203 and 213.
 
Retention can affect future athletic eligibility. California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has rules around the age of students and eligibility.  Please refer to CIF Bylaws 203 and 204 to read about the current age eligibility rules for high school sports.
Grading 
AB 104 permits parents of students who were in high school in 2020-21 (or the student, if they have turned 18) to request letter grades for last year be changed to Pass/No Pass on transcripts. The new law requires CSU, and encourages UC and private postsecondary institutions, to accept those grade designations without prejudice.

 

How to Request A Grade Change

If you would like to request a grade change for your “eligible pupil”, please follow these steps:

  1. Print, fill out, sign, and date  the AB 104 Grade Change Request form, and submit to your child's school site.
  2. Your request will be evaluated and updated grade information will be communicated within 30 calendar days after submitting your request
  3. All AB104 requests must be submitted, in writing, and received by August 6, 2021
 
 
Graduation Policies  
AB 104 exempts 2020-21 juniors and seniors from high school graduation requirements beyond statewide requirements if they are not on track to graduate in four years and requires school districts to provide opportunities for juniors and seniors to meet statewide graduation requirements through, among other avenues, a fifth year of high school.
 
Please contact our Student and Family Services office at (562) 210-2000 Ext. 102415 with any additional questions you may have.