Allow Parents to attend their child's Rolling Hills Middle School Graduation Ceremony

Allow Parents to attend their child's Rolling Hills Middle School Graduation Ceremony

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RHMS 8th Grade Parents 2021 started this petition to Campbell Union School District and

Dear RHMS 8th Grade Parents,

Many of us are upset and confused about the fact that we are NOT ALLOWED to go to our 8th grade child’s graduation ceremony next Tuesday, June 8th at 10:00am at Rolling Hills Middle School.  We have found no justifiable reason for this decision, and it was made completely without our knowledge or input.  We have asked over and over again, why we are not allowed to attend and have been given no justifiable reason. 

We have done research and found out that most other schools in the area and all of the middle schools in the Campbell Union School District itself are allowing guests to attend the graduation ceremonies live, so we believe that Rolling Hills should therefore be allowing live guests to attend, too.  This request for guest attendance should have no effect on the plan to live-stream the event for those who can't attend, or to hold the after-ceremony event for the graduates that the PTA arranged. 

We understand from RHMS that they do have a crew to assist them with chair setup on the day of the graduation, and it could be done on one of the many large grassy areas as originally considered. However, we have still let the principal know that we are happy to help gather a group of parents to help with anything necessary like, setting up chairs, ensuring people follow COVID guidelines, asking COVID illness screening questions, or filling out contract tracing info, if necessary, prior to letting the guests enter the school grounds.  We will help with anything needed. All of the parents seem to be willing to help, in some way, as this is important to them.

We understand that Principal Cribari himself has an 8th grader at RHMS, and of course, because of his position, he will be lucky enough to witness his son graduating.  However, we are assuming that his son’s mother would also like to be with her husband and see her son graduate as well, and that she would understand how important this is to all parents.

Therefore, because of all of this, we’d like to let the school district know that we do not believe that this is a justified decision to prevent parents/guests from attending this special event, and that we’d like to attend our child’s once-in-a-lifetime middle school graduation, and are willing to help in any way necessary to make this happen. If other schools in our district can do this, so can RHMS.

We need your help to voice your interest in attending your child’s graduation, (or supporting those who want to, if you cannot), so we’d like to request that you sign this petition immediately today, as we are running out of time.

*After you sign, please FORWARD THE LINK to as many people/family/fellow 8th grade parents/loved ones you know (either by text or email)

Thank you very much,

RHMS 8th Grade Parents

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