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Class of 2020: COVID-19 Updates
Posted on 03/27/2020

This information is intended to help keep our Class of 2020 as informed as possible with issues that are relevant to them as seniors. COVID-19 is an ever-evolving situation, and updates will be made here as frequently as information changes or becomes known.

Seniors or family members with specific questions or concerns not addressed here, may call the Senior Helpline at 413.787.7100 ext. 55115 or may email questions to


How do I apply for the 2020 Springfield Promise Last Dollar Scholarship?
Click here for the ONLINE application

Click here to download PAPER application

Click here for Springfield Promise Last Dollar Scholarship FAQ 

What is the likelihood that schools will stay closed for the remainder of the year?

On April 21st, he governor ordered schools closed for the remainder of the academic year.  

What is going to happen to prom, graduation and class trip? While COVID-19 public health standards make it impossible for graduation ceremonies to occur at Symphony Hall as is tradition, two separate graduation events will celebrate the Class of 2020; one will be an event at the senior's school and the other will be a virtual graduation.

All school-based trips have been cancelled for the rest of the school year. Plans regarding  prom at this time are not yet determined. 


What is going to happen to students who were in the middle of making up absences?

We are developing a plan for students to be able to "buyback" absences if they have exceeded the number of days permissible per the District's Attendance Policy. More information will be forthcoming.

What will happen for the fourth marking period?

Grades will be given on a credit/no credit basis. 

What is going to happen to students who were working on credit recovery?

All students have access to their Edgenuity accounts and can continue working on their online credit recovery courses. For other credit recovery courses, students should contact their school counselor.


Any updates on MCAS?

Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley has announced that MCAS testing has been cancelled for the rest of the school year.  

I have been accepted to college and I am concerned that I may be missing come critical deadlines.  Who should I contact?

Students should contact the admissions office by phone or email to see if any deadlines are dates have been extended.  Otherwise, you should ensure that deposits and other paperwork is returned on time.   As a service to students and families, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 


I need my transcript sent to a college or I need it for a scholarship. Who should I contact?

Students can use their Naviance account to make a request to their School Counselor.  Students may also call their high school and leave a message for the Guidance Clerk at their respective high school.  Students can also email their School Counselor to make the request. 

I need a letter of recommendation for a college application or scholarship.

Students can use log into their Naviance account to make their request to their School Counselor or teacher.  Students can also email their School Counselor or teacher to make their request. 

I still want to apply to college. Is there still time?

You should visit the website of the college that you are interested in applying to see if any dates have been extended.  At this point, colleges offering rolling admissions may also be an option.  It’s important that you contact the admissions office of the college you want to apply via email or telephone call. 

I am a junior and I am scheduled to take the SAT School Day Administration. 

SPS had two dates scheduled.  March 25th and April 14th are the two dates for our high schools.  The March 25th date has canceled as our schools were closed.   The district is exploring a future SAT School Day Administration for our current juniors.  More information will be forthcoming.


What is the deadline to file the FAFSA?

Every college sets their own priority filing deadline for the FAFSA. It is important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible and/ or before your college’s priority filing deadline. Massachusetts has a priority filing deadline of May 1st for the FAFSA, which determines eligibility for the MA State Grant. Financial Aid is awarded on a first come first served basis, so it is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.


What is an FSA ID?

FSA ID is your Federal Student Aid ID. It is a username and password a student or parent will use to sign and submit the FAFSA. It acts as your electronic signature for Federal Student Aid sites.


Should I still apply for the FAFSA if I think my family makes too much money?

Even if your family’s income is high, you should still complete the FAFSA. Your family’s income may make you ineligible for federal grants or work study funds, however, the FAFSA is also used to determine federal student loan eligibility. There is no harm in completing the FAFSA even if you think your family makes too much money. The FAFSA is free to apply for and can be accessed here.

With schools being closed, where can I find scholarship information?

You can use your Naviance account to look up and apply for scholarships. The Naviance scholarship list contains many of the current local scholarships.


I did not complete my FAFSA, is there someone at my school that I can contact?  

You can contact the Financial Aid Advisor at your school via email.  If you are a Gear up or Springfield Scholars Athlete advisee/mentee, you can contact them as well.  


How often do I have to complete the FAFSA?

Students seeking to apply for financial aid must submit the FAFSA every year they are in school. Filling out the FAFSA isn’t a one-time-only event. You need to do it every year that you want to be considered for financial aid. Even if you filled it out previously and didn’t receive aid, it’s still worth filling out again — especially if your financial situation has changed. You may even qualify for more aid.


What is verification and what should I do if I am selected?

Verification is a process in which a college will request additional documentation from a family to verify the information listed on the student’s FAFSA application is accurate. Financial aid is considered pending until verification is completed. If you need help completing verification, you can contact your HS Financial Aid Advisor.


What is a Financial Aid Award Letter?

Every college a student is accepted to will send them a Financial Aid Award Letter which explains the amount of money the student is receiving to attend that college. Financial Aid Award Letters often include grants & scholarships, federal student loans, and work study. No two award letters are alike! It is important to compare ALL your award letters before deciding on what college to attend. Remember, a college should be an academic, social, and financial fit for you and your family. Your Financial Aid Adviser is available to review each award with you.


What can I do if my financial aid award does not meet my family’s financial need?

If a financial aid award does not meet the family’s financial need, students can contact the college and appeal their award. Appeals can be made based off unconsidered financial circumstances such as a change in employment, out of pocket medical expenses, caring for additional family members not noted on the FAFSA (grandma, grandpa, cousin etc.) To appeal an award, contact the college’s financial aid office. Students should also apply to scholarships to help the financial gap that may occur if a financial aid award does not meet a family’s need.


What should I do if I cannot afford the enrollment deposit?

If you have decided to attend a college but cannot afford the enrollment deposit you can contact the college’s admission office and ask for a deposit extension. Most admissions offices will give students a two-week extension. You can also request the enrollment deposit be rolled into the first semester bill. 

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I am scheduled to take AP Exam(s) in May. What will be the impact of school closures?

There will be no in-school, face-to-face AP Exam administration this year. Instead the College Board is instituting 45-minute, online free-response exams (for all non-portfolio AP courses) which students can take from home.


How will I access the online exam(s)?

Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone.


What if I do not have access to any of the devices referenced above or internet access?

We recognize that the digital divide might prevent some students form participating.The district has distributed laptops and provided information about free WIFI services available to the public during the pandemic. If students have not taken advantage of these opportunities as of yet, they should reach out to their school and/or their school’s AP Coordinator can reach out to the College Board.


What material will be covered in the abbreviated exam(s)?

Exams will be streamlined and only include topics and skills that most AP teachers have already covered in class by early March.


When will more information about the online exams become available?

There will be two testing dates established for each AP Exam. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®.


Are there any additional free online instructional resources provided by the college Board for AP students to access from home at this time?


AP students may access free online instructional resources by clicking HERE,


Will students with approved testing accommodations such as extended time be able to use them on the exams?

Details will be shared closer to the exams.


Visit the Student Employment Program page, for tools and resources to help you prepare for an upcoming job or college interview, internship or application. We will also be posting updates on summer jobs and other opportunities. If you you’d like a one-on-one session with a Career Readiness Coordinator, you can Sign up and we will contact you.   

Want to learn more about a program that prepares Springfield Public Schools graduates to become Springfield Public Schools teachers? Reach to Teach is a partnership between SPS and Westfield State University. The program is still accepting applications for fall enrollment. 

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