Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you well, and that you and your family enjoy the sunshine that is forecast over the next few days. I wanted to end this week by giving you a brief update on our work on graduation for the class of 2020.  

I first want to say how grateful I am to those families and students who have reached out with suggestions, support and understanding, as we continue to plan and finalize the details on what we are going to be doing to celebrate our seniors.   

Next week you will hear details on our plan for a formal virtual graduation that is in the near term, however what I am excited to tell you today is that we are also planning to recognize the class of 2020 in the long term.  In addition to our formal virtual graduation, our plan also includes an in-person celebration to be held later in the year, on a date to be determined, and when the risk of COVID-19 has subsided and is at a safe level for larger gatherings. 

The planning for our in-person celebration is in the works, and will involve student collaboration  to make it an event that will allow our seniors to come together with their families, to honor their achievements and provide an opportunity for a more personal goodbye and send-off as they move on to the next stage of their lives.  We will be providing you more information and detail on the in-person celebration in the upcoming weeks. 

As final details are ironed out, we are on track to making an announcement regarding our plan for graduation in detail next week on Wednesday. In partnership with local business, the virtual portion of our plan is multi-faceted and will provide an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate, recognize and honor our seniors’ achievements in ways that extend beyond the internet, and most importantly show how much our community appreciates them.

I know this has been a struggle for our seniors and their families, and we appreciate your grace and patience as we felt it important to be very thoughtful in our planning and coordination, while trying to find the right balance between making the Class of 2020’s Graduation the best it can possibly be, while also making it the safest it can be.

Sincerely, 

Jane Belmore
Interim Superintendent