Dear TCHS Pickering Seniors and Families,
We hope that this finds you and your family well as we enter the ninth week of the mandatory shutdown. We know that the last two months have been extremely difficult as we all adjust to a new and uncertain normal in light of COVID-19. We know that our seniors have been feeling a wide range of emotions over the past weeks, as this is not how any of us imagined we would be ending the year for our seniors. Although our seniors were not able to have the ending to their high school career that they hoped for or deserved, we are working hard to make sure that the remaining time the Class of 2020 has with us is as special as possible.
Since their first day in our building, we have had the privilege of being a part of our students’ journey into both adulthood and their future careers. We are so proud of each one of our seniors and want to make sure we do everything within our power to help provide them a sense of closure during this unprecedented time.
Over the course of the past two weeks, we created and distributed a survey to all of our seniors and their parents to get input about the most appropriate ways that we could honor our the Class of 2020. Our administrative team has reviewed the results, and in consultation with the guidance we have received from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Governor’s office, we have developed the following plan to honor our Class of 2020.
As a result of our survey and current restrictions in place due to COVID-19, TCHS is planning a virtual graduation to be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, and an in-person graduation to be held on Saturday, July 11, only if allowed to do so in a safe manner that follows guidelines issued by the state. We will continue to monitor and follow all Health Department and state guidelines, procedures and policies to determine if an in-person graduation can be held and how it might be conducted in a safe manner.
We are also in the process of checking with the Department of Health to see if, once we move into the Yellow Phase, we will be able to plan an opportunity that will allow seniors, along with their parents/guardians, to individually come into the building in their cap and gown to collect their diploma, walk across the stage and have their photo taken. You will be receiving a message once we get further clarification from the Department of Health with more information about this potential opportunity.
The Class of 2020 is truly a special class who has made an incredible sacrifice in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. We remain committed to making sure that we honor our seniors in the best way that we can with the current limitations in place. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.
TCHS Pickering Principal