There are many plans and events in the works for the Class of 2020 and we wanted to share some updates.
Back in March, as soon as Governor Cuomo announced that mass gatherings were not allowed until further notice, the district immediately started thinking about plans for graduation in the event that our ceremony would be impacted. We didn’t know how long the restriction would last, but we wanted to make sure our seniors were given the celebration that they deserve. Our first instinct was to reserve a back-up date in August at the Times Union Center as we would love nothing more than to gather together with our seniors and their families in a traditional celebration. As the state’s closure was extended, and it became more and more clear that keeping everyone safe in the midst of a public health crisis would not allow for mass gatherings, we had to explore other options.
Over the past nine weeks, we have been actively working with our student representatives and administrators and listening to feedback from the community to come up with contingency plans for graduation. Through our conversations with senior class officers and the senior class advisor in recent weeks, we discussed many iterations as the state guidance has evolved.
We have presented the Class of 2020 and their families with two options and have invited them to take part in a survey to see which option they prefer. This is their special day and we want to plan an event that they would enjoy, given the circumstances and current guidelines. We will share all survey results once an option is chosen and we will provide more details about the logistics of the event.
As always, thank you for your continued cooperation, patience and support as we do our best to work through this ever-evolving situation to give our seniors a celebration to remember.
Other events that have been planned:
- May 21 – Lawn sign pick-up for seniors at Shaker High School
- June 18 – Virtual Senior Awards Night
- June 19 – Seniors will be able to come and receive their yearbooks at the high school, as well as any awards they may have earned and turn in Chromebooks/any school textbooks or library books.