Dear Seniors and Parents,

The IB has made the decision to cancel the May exam session. As this is an evolving situation, I am still figuring out what this means for what seniors will do to finish the year. I will communicate more in the coming week. First, here is part of the communication the IB sent out:

The IB will be taking the following actions for the 2020 May Examination session:
  • The May 2020 examinations, as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May, for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students will no longer be held.
  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programmes.
  • Full details and FAQs will be sent by 27 March 2020 (CET)
What does this mean for us?
Primarily, it means there are still specific IB assessments to be done, but on an adjusted schedule and without the exams as the final component.

I have asked your IB teachers to give you more time to work on particular IA's and other outstanding assessments. Since you can still be awarded a diploma or certificate based on work, I encourage you to talk with your teachers about what can still be improved upon. This does not mean you will be required to redo work you have done and submitted to teachers, but the chance is there. Also, work you have already submitted to the IB should be considered done. Arts students, please continue to work on the various components that weren't exams and check in with your teachers about adjustments.

I have also asked your teachers to start rethinking the pacing of curriculum, what will be covered, and by when. This news is new to them too, so please be patient as they think through next steps.

Take care,


Paul Cronin
Director of Studies

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