At the time of this publication, 6/5/20, local county executives are working with the governor to attempt to gain local control over graduation ceremonies. The message that was sent to parents and students regarding graduation is below. The guidance received from the governor and the plans for graduation are attached in pdf form.
Class of 2020 parents and students,
Planning for this year’s graduation has certainly been a wild ride. Just as I was ready to finalize our plans, the governor released guidance yesterday regarding graduation ceremonies. Although it is not the news we had hoped for, we believe that our plans for the Class of 2020 will be memorable. Our plans include an individualized, in-person ceremony which allows up to 6 family members to attend. Additionally, we’ll be hosting an evening car parade featuring our graduates and a special fireworks display. More information to come on all of the activities. Attached is general information about the plans. We’ve also included “Plan B” in the event that the guidance is overturned and we can gather together in a group setting. For your reference, I’ve also attached the guidance from the governor.
Like you, we find it hard to understand why some groups are allowed to gather in public, but we are not allowed for the purposes of a graduation ceremony. You should know that our regional government is asking the governor to consider allowing local decision in this matter. Should the guidance be overturned to allow local control during the month of June, we are ready to move forward with Plan B.
In order to ensure that all of our students and staff can take part in the ceremony, we will not postpone graduation beyond the last weekend in June. July may come and we may still be prohibited from a larger gathering – especially if there is an increase in cases.
Of course, we understand and support your own personal plans to host gatherings at your homes.
Congratulations to our graduates! We look forward to celebrating with you!
~ Denise Cook, Superintendent