AJHS Seniors Deserve a Real Graduation

AJHS Seniors Deserve a Real Graduation

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Apache Junction High School class of 2020 has the right to have an equal graduation. On May 20th - 21st, the entire class of 2020 is expected to pick up their diploma within 3 minute intervals. There is obviously going to be an immense amount of people at the school around this time. Not only is partial contact guaranteed to happen, but the school is putting an immense amount of effort into this when it could easily be redirected into a graduation ceremony. Apply the same social distancing guidelines that the school is doing for this event to graduation, and a ceremony is easily achievable. 

The class of 2020 is asking for a traditional graduation. Here are some of our guidelines to achieve this. 
 - Students and staff will be expected to wear face and hand protection.
 - Students will be seated 6 feet apart. 
 - Families that attend the ceremony will have to be in a group no larger than 5, and will also follow these same guidelines. Each group will be seated no less than 6 feet apart - and also in an area more open than the stands. For example: families could line the track. 
 - When a student’s name is called, they will walk up in traditional fashion, but will not shake hands as they normally would. Students would also be expected to maintain the normal social distancing guidelines. The diplomas will be sitting on something for them to grab, rather than handed out. 

Something that is easily noticeable after reading our guidelines is that it is incredibly similar to the current guidelines for the diploma pick up. This is exactly our point. A safe graduation is easily achievable if these guidelines are implemented. The current events that the school has put in place are a disgrace to not only the graduating class, but every other person that calls themselves a prospector. AJHS already has an embarrassing reputation, and this attempt at ‘graduation’ only adds fuel to that fire.

The class of 2020 deserves an equal graduation opportunity. 
AJHS can’t afford to look like a joke, yet again. Thank you for taking the time to read this: have a great day, the prospector way. 

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