Consider other options for the Tri West High School Class of 2021 Graduation

Consider other options for the Tri West High School Class of 2021 Graduation

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Erin Engels started this petition to North West Hendricks School Corporation

Dear Administration, Northwest Hendricks School Board and Principal Rund,

We are disappointed to see the graduation survey options sent to our Senior class on Friday.  The abruptness of the email and the lack of empathy in delivering of the information was shocking to our students who have dealt with a full year of disappointment, cancellations and depressing news. 

We understand the challenges Northwest Hendricks has faced in 2020 and 2021.  We also understand the planned football stadium rebuild makes it difficult to hold graduation on our campus.  However, we encourage the school to consider other options for a graduation that includes those important to our students. 

A two-person per student limit at graduation means our students with four parents may only share this moment with two parents.  The student who was raised by a grandparent and parents must leave someone to watch at home.  The siblings of our graduates do not get to take part in this once in a lifetime event. 

We ask you to explore other venues for a real graduation ceremony.  Our county includes three other schools with huge football stadiums.  The Hendricks County fairgrounds has large indoor and outdoor space. Local churches have already agreed to open their spaces.  Indianapolis has many large venues – both indoor and outdoor.  The large school districts in the Indianapolis area have held their graduations in the convention center for many years.  If cost is an option, let the parents know.  We are willing to cover the cost. 

During this terrible pandemic, we have all had to sacrifice.  As adults, we have missed out on many things, but most of these are events that we can replicate later.  For our 18-year-old Seniors, you cannot get your last year of high school back.  As parents, we have watched our children deal with the frustration of losing many of the fun events for their Senior year.  Those who have not watched these children go through the pandemic cannot possibly understand the challenges our teens face. 

We ask you to consider other options for graduation. Many of us have connections for other options and are willing to help you generate ideas for a real graduation.  Call on us for help. 

If the school insists on a graduation in the gym, we ask you to reevaluate the attendance in early May.  As numbers continue to decline and vaccinations increase, we may be able to permit additional guests.

In future communications with our Senior class, we ask that you consider how to better deliver information in a way that does not devastate our students, yet again.

Sincerely,

The Parents of the Tri West High School Class of 2021

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