Maine Diploma - Educational Interruption (COVID-19)

Maine education statutes (MRS 20-A §257-A, sub-§1-A) make special provisions to a 4th-year secondary school student who is unable to obtain a locally awarded diploma due to a significant interruption of education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil emergency during the student’s secondary school education history.  

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It is critical when students experience an educational interruption, that everyone involved with the student is committed to keeping them on a pathway toward graduation.

Occasionally, in spite of everyone’s best collaborative efforts and support, and due to circumstances beyond control, educational interruptions become a barrier to meeting local graduation requirements for a student.

A 4th-year secondary student who is unable to obtain a locally awarded diploma due to the significant interruption of education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil emergency may apply for this diploma if they can provide evidence that they have fulfilled the following core state requirements:

English

  • Four (4) years or the equivalent in standards achievement 

Social Studies & History

  • Two (2) years or the equivalent in standards achievement, including American history, government, civics, and personal finance. 

Mathematics

  • Two (2) years of the equivalent in standards achievement 

Science

  • Two (2) years or the equivalent in standards achievement, including one year of laboratory study

Fine Arts

  • One (1) year or the equivalent in standard achievement 

If you believe you, or a student in your care, is eligible to receive the Maine Department of Education Diploma you will need to complete the following prior to completing the application below. 

  • Determine if you are able to meet the diploma requirements in your local school district. 
  • If you are unable to meet the diploma requirements as outlined in your school district, have your transcripts reviewed by a school or district employee. Be sure to note the name and contact information of the individual. The school principal or guidance counselor for example would be able to assist. 
  • The school or district employee when reviewing transcripts ensure courses completed meet the minimum requirements under 20-A MRS §4722.
  • Have a letter drafted on school/district letterhead by the school or district verifying: 
    • you are unable to meet the diploma requirements in your local school district due to the significant interruption of education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and civil emergency
    • your transcripts demonstrate meeting the requirements under 20-A MRS §4722 for a Maine Department of Education Diploma 
    • you are a 4th-year secondary school student

Application for a Maine Department of Education Diploma - Educational Interruption Diploma (COVID-19)

Further questions can be directed to Joe Schmidt, Acting Secondary Education Coordinator at (207) 624-6828. 

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