5-29-20 Diploma-to-Door Update

  • Dear LRHSD Community:

    Based on the feedback we received from parents and students, we have learned that the June 16th “Diploma to Door” program, which was planned as a substitute for an in-person graduation, was more popular than we had anticipated. I personally want to thank those of you who reached out to request that we bring back “Diploma to Door” as an option for your child. You expressed understanding of the challenges we face and gratitude for our plans to recognize our graduates. You also shared the plans you have already made to celebrate your graduate’s major accomplishment, with grandparents and other loved ones. We also understand that some members of the Class of 2020 may not be able to attend our scheduled July 16th in-person ceremony.

    When we began planning to recognize the Class of 2020 at the end of this unprecedented school year, we sought the opinions of many students and parents, learning that most desired an in-person graduation ceremony. When we got word from the state that we could begin preparations for that in-person graduation, we put our focus on the July 16th event, our intention to give our graduates what they wanted. Please note that those plans do include live streaming.

    While we are excited by the notion of an in-person graduation on July 16th for our graduates, and we will move forward seeking approval of our plans, we will also offer the “Diploma to Door” program upon request. This decision to move forward with both celebrations is especially important given the fact that additional guidance regarding graduation ceremonies was disseminated last evening and superintendents were informed even more guidance will be coming this weekend.

    We will continue to provide updates on the July 16th plans, and we encourage our graduates to participate in both celebrations or choose the one that best suits their individual circumstances.

    Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we try our best to navigate the challenges of giving our Class of 2020 the recognition it deserves. Please know that although there is no official playbook for schools operating in a pandemic, we always aim to put our students first when making any decision.