Allow Patapsco Teachers to Attend Graduation

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Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, among other Baltimore County Public High Schools, is having their graduation ceremony at 10am this year. In years past, the school has closed for daytime graduations in order to allow teachers and students to attend and celebrate their graduating students and friends.

This year, no teachers other than those deemed “essential to the event” will be allowed to attend. School will be held as usual, and all inessential teachers will be expected to be there. We, as a senior class, are incredibly disappointed and heartbroken that the mentors who’ve been watching us grow for 4 years will not be able to be there for the culmination of their students’ high school experience.

It is also important to consider that some underclassmen will be attending graduation at the height of finals preparation. Many students are performing musicians or are friends and family of graduating seniors, and all will be missing a vital day of school to attend the ceremony, when they would typically have the day off to avoid missing class time.

While the reason for this choice has not been made clear to the students, we are petitioning for the change of this decision in order to allow our teachers to attend our graduation. It feels unfair that all graduating classes in the past have had the privilege of having their teachers and friends at one of the most significant events of their lives, while we will not have the same such privilege. We acknowledge the requirements for how long school must be in session for the year, but we also acknowledge that it’s never been an issue in the past.

Please sign to help us convince our community superintendent and the decision makers in our school system to change their decision and allow our teachers to attend our graduation.

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