Upcoming Senior Recognition!
June 24, 2020
Class of 2020 Students, Parents, and Families:
I would like to thank everyone once more for your patience and flexibility as we have worked to develop a plan for graduation that follows guidelines set forth by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health. We are excited to have this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2020.
Our team at the high school has worked hard to put on what we hope will be a memorable graduation ceremony for this year’s senior class. The ceremony will be held on the soccer field on June 26, 2020 at 6pm. With the parameters set by the governor that the ceremony must be outdoors, maintain social distancing, and not exceed 150 persons, things will obviously look different this year than they have in previous years. Our students communicated through the survey that they would like a chance to be together as a class once more to celebrate their graduation. However, this is also a celebration for families and it is important that parents/guardians are able to see their student walk the stage and receive their diploma. As such, our ceremony will allow both of these things to happen.
Below is an explanation of important information pertaining to the ceremony. Please read through this very carefully. Additionally, there is a video posted on the “Class of 2020” page of the high school website that helps show what movement will look like on Friday. Please take a few moments to watch the video.
- All individuals attending the ceremony must wear a face covering.
- All individuals that do not live in the same household are required to maintain social distancing of at least six feet between themselves and others.
- Students are not allowed to be closer than six feet to other students for pictures or any other purpose while at the ceremony.
- Individuals from different households are not to congregate with others in the parking lot or anywhere on campus.
- Students should arrive at 5:30pm for the ceremony. They may park or be dropped off in the parking lot to the east of the high school (near the middle school office entrance).
- Families should park in the lot to the west of the high school near the fitness center. Each student is allowed to have two adults attend the ceremony.
- Students and families will be given a number prior to the ceremony. This number will indicate where students should line up for the procession. It will also indicate where families should park.
- When the awarding of diplomas is about to begin, groups of families will be ushered to the soccer field by staff members in numerical order so that parents/guardians can see their student cross the stage. There will be a space marked on the field near the stage where family members will be able to take pictures from.
- Once your student has crossed the stage, families will be directed to return to their vehicle in the parking lot so the next group can be brought to the field.
For those who are unable to attend graduation in person, we will broadcast the ceremony live on the high school’s Facebook page starting at 6pm on Friday, June 26. You do not need a Facebook account to be able to watch the broadcast.
We look forward to celebrating with the class of 2020 on June 26. On behalf of everyone at North Rose – Wolcott High School, congratulations graduates!
June 16, 2020
Class of 2020 Students and Parents,
I would like to thank everyone for their flexibility and patience over the recent weeks as we have had to adjust plans and develop new ways to celebrate the accomplishment of NRW students. We know that it has been difficult and that information has sometimes changed with short notice as we react to executive orders and guidance from public health agencies.
When the governor announced on June 7th that socially distanced, outdoor graduation ceremonies would be permitted beginning on June 26th, we began planning for what that could potentially look like. We surveyed students and parents to gather feedback to help in the development of this plan. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey to provide us with meaningful insight.
Based on the results of the survey, it is clear that students would like the opportunity to all be together to celebrate their graduation as a class. However, this is an extremely important and special moment for parents and we want to find a way for them to be a part of it. As such, we have developed a hybrid of Options I and II to allow this to happen.
Our plan for a June 26th graduation ceremony will be for all students to attend at the same time at 6pm, with a rain date of June 27th at 6pm. The ceremony will take place on the soccer field. Then, to maintain compliance with the executive order allowing for a maximum of 150 people, we will have staff on hand to help usher groups of parents through to hear their student’s name read and see them receive their diploma (each student will be permitted to have up to two family members attend). More specific information pertaining to the ceremony and logistics will be communicated closer to June 26th.
This plan provides us with flexibility in case the governor changes the number of people who are allowed to attend. If he increases the number between now and June 26, we will adjust to allow parents to be present for the entire ceremony.
In order to comply with social distancing measures, there is some strict guidance from the New York State Education Department that we must follow throughout the ceremony:
- All individuals must wear a face covering while in attendance at the ceremony.
- We must ask parents and students not to gather outside of their vehicles in the parking lot before, during, or after the ceremony.
- Parents and students must remain at least six feet apart while walking to and from the soccer field.
This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we truly hope that all graduating seniors join us for this memorable experience. Please complete this brief survey by June 18th to let our planning committee know if you will be in attendance: https://forms.gle/btusRSSfpzXRRF1J8
We will continue to develop our plan based on current guidance from New York State and local health agencies and will communicate specifics at a later date. If you have any questions about the June 26th ceremony, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 594-3100 ext. 4414.
Parents, Guardians, and Class of 2020,
We realize that the ever-changing landscape of phasing in gathering sizes has been frustrating. As many of you may have already seen or heard, Governor Cuomo is creating an executive order allowing in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies of a maximum 150 persons starting June 26th. We have heard from you in the most recent survey that, as a group, you have an interest in us putting together an outdoor ceremony if it is allowed. We also heard that, once again as a group, you are not interested in the drive in option. With that in mind, there are three options for outdoor ceremonies that just became available over the weekend that we would like your feedback on so that we can begin the appropriate planning.
Please remember that the current executive order allows a maximum of 150 people in attendance. If a new executive order is issued that changes this number, we will adapt our plan as appropriate.
- Soccer field on June 26th
- Full class only in the ceremony
- Key staff members
- No parents, family members or friends (due to the maximum allowed)
- We would plan to live stream the event.
- Soccer field on June 26th
- Split ceremonies - half of class at one time, half of the class at a later time
- Approximately half of the class in each ceremony
- Students could have up to 2 family members each attend
- Key staff members
- We would plan to live stream the event.
- Plan for graduation on the soccer field on July 31st.
- Possibility of more time may lead to a growing number of participants since we would likely be well into phase 4.
- If Governor Cuomo increases the numbers allowed to attend by that time then we could have full class with at least two family members.
- If the numbers that can attend do not increase then we could use either option I or II.
- I am happy with the individual ceremonies and the virtual presentation and do not feel the need for an in person ceremony.
Please click the link to complete the survey: https://forms.gle/qeNX4iBf9n9HGkzW6Take care,Scott BradleyNRWHS Principal
Graduation Letter to Families (6/4/20)
Parents, Guardians, and Students:
In light of the feedback that has been shared this week, I would like to take a moment to share some information about graduation and also elicit feedback from students and families. We will use that feedback to continue our planning in order to provide the best graduation experience possible for our seniors within the confines of what is permissible by the county and state.
As of the writing of this, we are operating under the guidance that gatherings of more than ten people are not permissible in New York State. This has been communicated to us by the governor and Wayne County Public Health. As such, a typical graduation ceremony in the auditorium or an outdoor ceremony on the soccer field are not permissible options. Should the state or county issue guidance that communicates new and different information, we are prepared to adapt and adjust our plan.
Please read the attached document from Wayne County Public Health. The document provides explicit guidance for options which are and are not allowable for graduation ceremonies at this time. After carefully reading the guidance, please complete the attached survey to provide feedback about graduation.
There are several things that are important to note from this guidance;
- The safety of students, families, and staff members must be our number one priority.
- At this time, gatherings of more than ten people are not permissible according to the state and county.
- Schools may consider the approved alternatives as ways to recognize their graduating seniors.
- Social distancing must be maintained at all times and individuals must wear a mask when in a public setting.
- We have been advised that the likelihood of an in-person graduation ceremony is minimal at this time, with an indoor ceremony in the auditorium being extremely unlikely in the foreseeable future.
Things to consider about different ceremonies:
- An in-person ceremony will only be possible with explicit change in what is allowed by New York State and county health organizations.
- A drive-in style graduation has involved many logistical concerns that must be considered (see county guidance).
The purpose of the individual ceremonies the week of June 8 is to ensure that students have recognition for their graduation. We want to make sure students have the opportunity to have their picture taken on the stage in their cap and gown. If we had waited and gatherings of people are not permitted by June 26, or even by late July or August, it would have been a tremendous loss for our students to have no special memory or moment to share with their family.
Please consider providing feedback by taking the survey below. As you do, please carefully consider the parameters that were outlined in the document from Wayne County Public Health, as we must adhere to all state and local guidance.
Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions at (315) 594-3100 ext. 4414 or email@example.com.
Stay safe and take care,
Please watch the video below for an overview of what individual graduation ceremonies will look like:
Class of 2020 Parents, Guardians, and Students:
Over the past several weeks, we have considered many different formats to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. One thing that we have consistently heard is the importance of students walking across the stage to receive their diplomas in front of their families. While we may not be able to gather as a large group, we want to make sure that every student and family member has the opportunity to share this special moment together. In order to safely do this while following social distancing guidelines, NRW will be asking students to sign up for a time to come to the high school from June 8-11. The link will be emailed to seniors, posted on the district website, and can be found here: bit.ly/NRW2020Grad
To help ensure that this process runs as smoothly as possible, we have established some guidelines and procedures that must be followed so that we can accommodate all students and as many family members as possible to witness each individual ceremony. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out directly to me.
Students and families will park in the lot to the west of the high school. They will enter the building by the music and art rooms, which will be labeled. Volunteers will also be there to assist. Students will wait on the side of the stage while family members make their way down to the pit area in front of the stage to watch the ceremony. Due to the unique circumstances we find ourselves in this year, we are able to offer parents the special opportunity to present their student with their diploma on the stage. If parents choose to do this, they will be directed where to stand upon entering the auditorium. Student names will be announced as they would be in normal circumstances, they will cross the stage, and will be handed their diploma. Students and family members will then exit out the other side of the auditorium. Once outside of the auditorium, students will be able to record a brief, 20-30 second video if they would like to leave a message for their teachers or classmates.
Additional important information:
- Cap and Gown: Your cap and gown will be delivered to you the week before the ceremony. Students may decorate the top of their cap if they wish.
- Family size: Due to social distancing and group gathering guidelines, families will be limited to a maximum of six (6) people at each students’ individual ceremony.
- Seating: There will be no seating at the ceremony. Family members will be asked to stand in the pit area in front of the stage for the ceremony.
- Attire: Students should dress appropriately for a graduation ceremony underneath their graduation gown. Collared shirts, dress pants, dresses, and dress shoes are some examples of what would be appropriate for the occasion. Students and family members will be required to wear a mask upon arrival. Students may remove their masks as they cross the stage and when they record their video messages.
- Stoles: Students who are members of NHS will be provided a stole upon entering the building. The stole should be returned immediately after exiting the stage.
- Process: Please watch the short video found on the high school website under the “Class of 2020” page to see what the flow of traffic will look like so that each individual ceremony goes smoothly.
Please understand that we have over 21 hours of individual ceremonies to conduct throughout the week. It is extremely important to stick to the time slots that students sign up for ahead of time and that ceremonies are punctual so that we do not have a backup of students and families waiting in their cars.
After each individual ceremony is held, the district will compile the footage, along with speeches and other regular graduation ceremony elements into one video. This video will be broadcast on the North Rose-Wolcott Central School District Facebook page (@NRWCSD) and the NRW PR YouTube channel on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m., allowing everyone to witness it “together” for the first time. A link to the video will be available on the district website, www.nrwcs.org. A USB containing the ceremony will also be mailed home to seniors after it has been premiered.
Our goal is to provide a special and memorable experience for graduating seniors and their families. A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into this accomplishment, and we want to provide the setting for each family to celebrate that with their student. If you have any questions about graduation or other senior items, please feel free to reach out to me at (315) 594-3100 ext. 4414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to recognizing each student as they graduate from North Rose-Wolcott High School.
News 8 Rochester
News 8 will honor Rochester area high school seniors by hosting a 1 hour primetime graduation celebration on June 16th at 8pm. During this special, we will highlight the names and schools of local graduates. We currently have over 800 seniors who have submitted their photo and school. Students can submit their photos at https://www.rochesterfirst.com/honor-roll-senior-salute/#/gallery. We will be accepting submissions through June 1st. All students who submit their photo are mentioned in our news, profiled on our website and will be included in our primetime special.
Baseball and Softball Senior Night
Time: May 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This recognition will be held via Zoom. Please contact Ms. Wasielewski for the Zoom link and password.