Minisink Valley Class of 2021 one senior class - one graduation ceremony

Minisink Valley Class of 2021 one senior class - one graduation ceremony

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linda geysen started this petition to Brian Monahan

The graduating class of 2021 has been impacted by the pandemic in ways that have significantly altered our senior experience from cancelled milestones, missed social events and sports. A motivating factor and proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” has been the thought of a traditional graduation. Graduation is the most beloved and time honored tradition. Ask any graduate and they will tell you walking across the stage for commencement was one of the greatest moments in their lives.

While the planning and logistics of graduation would be many; the thoughts and feelings of the students should be at heart. Graduation ceremonies lack consistency with other gatherings, such as sporting events which allow several thousands of people to gather.  With our vaccinated population and social distancing rules we feel graduation should be allowed to take place with the proper protocols and the same capacity restrictions as other events. There are precautions that can be taken to ensure the safety of those students, faculty, and families wishing to attend graduation to possibly include the following: utilizing our space by filling both sides of the school's outdoor field while implementing two separate entry and exit ways to adhere to the guidelines. A note for all school districts would be to have another plan of action such as having the ceremony at another location which allows more people.  

The parents of these graduates are motivated by the importance of graduation and are willing to help. We are a part of the community and know from experience that schools will put forth the same efforts to appropriately celebrate its students with the consent of the Department of Health as they have already lifted this for other events.

The graduating class of 2021 has demonstrated nothing but resilience, strength and determination. They have shown the true definition of flexibility in the face of a worldwide pandemic and deserve to have a proper graduation shared together with their family and friends.

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