Change the Grand Erie School Board’s decision to cancel graduations and postpone instead.

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Change the Grand Erie School Board’s decision to cancel graduations and postpone instead.

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Tina Peeler started this petition to Grand Erie District School Board

While other school boards have decided to postpone graduation ceremonies until it’s safe, Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) has made the hard and fast decision to cancel graduations.  They seem to think that graduations are the same as a class trip to the museum, a badminton tournament, a school play or a school dance.

A graduation ceremony is a once in a lifetime moment in every students life and it holds a very important place in every student's heart. It is that day in the academic life of the students when years hard work, dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm are recognized, honoured and celebrated. Walking up the stage in front of their teachers, peers, friends and family members who have supported them is a defining moment in every student’s life. Our children have earned the right to a proper graduation when it is safe to do so and no one should take it away from them! For grade school graduates, this day is 10 yeas in the making!

These students have had a solid 8 months of lessons in the unfairness of life and handling issues that are out of their control. First, they suffer through educational support staff negotiations and work-to-rule. Then, they go-straight into rotating strikes for teacher negotiations, and then straight into isolation because of Covid-19. They lost their sports teams, plays, dances, after school activities and even their report cards.  Then the GEDSB decides, without care or consideration of their students feelings, that they will also cancel their graduations instead of postponing.  Students can understand and accept postponing to a safe time if it comes to that, but cancelling is just heartless and cruel.  It is a devastating end to a miserable year.  

If we cancel everything that was planned, tell me, what is there to look forward to?  What is there to have hope for while we work through this? The world may have to pause life as we know it for Covid-19, but we don’t cancel our lives - we pause too.  We postpone with great anticipation of when life will resume! Students in other boards will eventually get their pomp and circumstance, but the students of GEDSB will get their diploma in the mail.

By signing this petition, you are supporting the 2020 graduates of the GEDSB and helping them to get their well deserved graduation ceremony, like every class before them, and every class after them. Thank you! 

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