End of School Year Events - May 13, 2020
Updated May 22, 2020 (Changes in Red)
sent via Email to the School Community
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This school year has been a unique and trying time for everyone. The new challenge of ending our school year without our students and teachers physically present was realized when Governor Murphy announced that in-person instruction was cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Keeping our students, parents, and staff safe and healthy is always our top priority. With this in mind, we are now planning for the school closing activities described below.
We recognize that the celebration of our 8th graders and high school seniors is a critical milestone in their educational careers and should be acknowledged accordingly. To that end, and in keeping with current restrictions on gatherings, we are planning for three celebratory activities:
* Virtual Graduation Event on June 11 (MES 8th Grade) & June 12 (MHS Class of 2020)
The virtual graduation will be an online video release of a virtual version of our normal ceremonies including speeches and recognition of graduates.
* Graduation Photos
Students or parents will be able to schedule a time to drive up to the front entrance of their respective schools to be photographed in their cap and gown with the Board President, Superintendent of Schools, and Principal. These individual student appointments will begin on June 15. Information on signing up for timeslots will be forthcoming to graduates.
* Possible In-Person Graduation Ceremony
Subject to the lifting or modification of current stay at home orders that would allow for such an event, the District will hold two traditional graduation ceremonies (for 8th graders and high school seniors) on the high school football field on June 25 (rain date June 26) July 28 for MHS and August 11 for MES. Awarding of diplomas will take place at this event.
All up-to-date guidelines regarding social distancing and precautions will be adhered to for such a ceremony (e.g. face coverings, physical distance, etc.).
This is a tentative plan and will only occur if state restrictions permit. Due to the planning requirements of such an event, the decision to hold this in-person ceremony will be made on June 15 based on the state restrictions in place at that time.
If this event is not permitted to occur, diplomas will be mailed home to graduates.
Student Personal Materials at School / Laptop & School Property Returns
We recognize that the abrupt closure of schools meant that students may have left personal property and materials in lockers, desks, etc. Our District custodial staff is in the process of gathering, bagging, and labeling these materials by student.
Students likely also have school property (including laptops, books, etc.) at home that need to be returned to the school.
Students/parents will be able to schedule a time to come to school to return any school property and pick-up their pre-bagged personal materials. A schedule for these appointment times and instructions for online scheduling will be forthcoming.
Other End-of-Year Events
- High School Senior Awards Night - June 2, 6:30 P.M. (Virtual/Online)
- Elementary School Awards Ceremony – June 4, 7:00 P.M. (Virtual/Online)
As we finalize our plans for the above, more detailed information will be forthcoming.
I hope this communique finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and at home.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools