As we shared with you on May 1, we have been evaluating our options for graduation with a goal to provide an in-person celebration that prioritizes the health and safety of those involved given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel that we have been able to develop a plan that allows us to properly honor our seniors while adhering to the necessary social distancing guidelines.
We have decided to conduct graduation this year in a series of in-person, individual ceremonies at each high school. These will take place at City High, Liberty High, Tate High, and West High over the days of May 28, 29, and 30. This will allow us to limit the number of students present at one time, while providing the opportunity for each graduate to wear their cap and gown, walk across the stage to receive their diploma, and have a professional picture taken. This also allows for families to be a part of this individual ceremony with their students. As a note, due to social distancing restrictions, there will be no handshaking, hugging, or photos taken with school staff, administrators, or Board Members during the ceremony. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gloves, etc), if possible.
We are hopeful that conditions will evolve in the months ahead, including the easing of public gathering restrictions, that will allow us to hold a special graduation reception for seniors and their families at a later date. However, until that option becomes available, we look forward to making these individual ceremonies as meaningful as possible for our graduates.
Thank you for your patience as we developed a celebration for our seniors that balances the desire for a traditional ceremony and the safety of our students and their families. Your collaboration and your cooperation throughout this situation have been greatly appreciated. #ICCSDtogether
We hope that you are all staying well during this unprecedented situation that we are experiencing. A situation that has definitely created some unique circumstances for our senior class of 2020. We are proud of the resilience this class has shown while navigating the unique ending to their K-12 education journey and the patience they have granted us while we evaluate options for a proper graduation ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.
As a district, we are determined to find a way for the class of 2020 to celebrate its graduation in person, even if that celebration must be delayed. While we know it will not be possible to hold graduation at Carver Hawkeye Arena as originally scheduled, we are hopeful that conditions will evolve in the months ahead, including the easing of public gathering restrictions, that would allow us to hold an in-person graduation ceremony at a later date. We understand that if we are able to hold an in-person graduation ceremony, significant social distancing measures will still be required to ensure the safety of all involved.
We would like to provide the greatest opportunity to allow for a more traditional graduation ceremony for our seniors. Therefore, we will make a decision on the plan for graduation no later than May 29, 2020. Allowing this cushion for a decision provides the time for conditions and restrictions to change, potentially allowing us to honor our seniors with an in-person celebration. If we ultimately feel that conditions will not allow for us to execute this in a way that keeps our students and their family’s safe, then we will move to some sort of non-traditional ceremony. We are actively researching options for a non-traditional ceremony, should it be determined that this is our only safe choice.
In the meantime, we are working on a senior spotlight to feature on our social media platforms and our websites. We are excited to feature as many seniors as possible with this Class of 2020 tribute. If you are interested, please use the link below to provide a few key details and upload a photo that we can use for the tribute. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding traditional versus non-traditional graduation ceremony options.
Senior Spotlight: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esoPrFNhQ0avSN7
To reiterate, we will communicate a decision regarding graduation ceremonies no later than May 29, 2020. Our goal is to be able to do this in-person, but we will continue to evaluate the conditions to ensure safety for all. Thank you for your collaboration and your cooperation throughout this situation. We are in this together. #ICCSDtogether