Postpone Brookline High Class of 2020 Graduation Due to COVID-19

Postpone Brookline High Class of 2020 Graduation Due to COVID-19

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BHS Seniors started this petition to Anthony Meyer and

5/4 Update: We want to make clear that we will respect the administration's decision regarding graduation no matter what the outcome is. We are extremely thankful for all of the hard work that they are doing to plan these events for us. Safety is absolutely the #1 concern (especially for our peers that are more at risk), and none of the ideas outlined below will happen unless BHS admins and the town of Brookline deem it safe. It's understood that an in-person graduation is extremely unlikely, however, the signers of this petition feel that a delayed in-person graduation, whether it is in June, July, August, or beyond, is well worth the wait.

BHS Seniors understand that current events make an in-person graduation ceremony on June 7th unrealistic. However, we feel as though a Zoom graduation completely undermines everything we have achieved in our time as Brookline students. We want to say goodbye to our peers before we all head in different directions, and an online graduation is not a medium where this can happen.

Here are a few proposed alternatives:

  1. Postpone planning an in-person graduation. BHS continues teaching for almost three weeks after seniors graduate. Please consider June 21st as a new graduation date.
  2. Only allow students to an in-person graduation. Social distancing with 500 kids is challenging but is exponentially worse with parents and family. Use BIG to live stream the ceremony to families and friends.
  3. Small-Group Graduations. Break the senior class into five 100-student groups for easier social distancing measures. This would still let members of the senior class celebrate together in person.

While we know this is a challenging time, please consider these options. BHS graduation is an event that many of us have been looking forward to for 12 years. While we understand and agree that safety is the #1 priority during these times, a Zoom call is not the way to celebrate our achievements and accomplishments in high school. 

Examples from other high schools:

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