- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Thousands of seniors in Charleston County schools are breathing sighs of relief.

Local media outlets report that seniors who have an 85 average in their classes can still exempt final exams next week.

That had been the policy last year under a pilot program and students were told it was in effect this year as well. But Wednesday, less than a week before those exams, the district sent out a memo that it was reverting to an old policy requiring a 93 average and no unexcused absences to be exempt from exams.

School Board Chairwoman Cindy Bohn Coats said that freaked out about 4,000 seniors. The board reversed course Thursday and agreed students could still exempt from exams with an 85 average.

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