Important Information Regarding 2021 Graduation and Senior In-Person Return Details

Senior In-Person Return Details

  • Seniors who did not travel out of state over spring break may return on April 12. Those who traveled return on April 19.

  • Seniors can attend class four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

  • Social distancing is still necessary. Seniors might spend a class or two in an overflow room. We will rotate to assure every senior is in class at least half the day.

  • Seniors may continue in their hybrid format or online if they choose.

  • In-person classes end on May 14 unless the senior is failing classes and/or has permission from the Student Affairs Office or his counselor.

  • Those seniors who have a 90 or above for both the 3rd and 4th quarter in a class, need not attend online classes the week of May 17.

  • Those seniors with grades below 90 for either quarter should attend online classes for the week and are responsible for assignments that week.

Parents must notify the Student Affairs Office by April 1 if they want their senior to attend four days per week. Due to check-in procedures, lunches, and social distancing, this is only possible for seniors.

 GRADUATION 2021!

On March 8, the Kentucky Department of Education gave schools guidance for graduation ceremonies that includes six foot spacing among non-family members, masks, screening, sanitizing and contact tracing. We subsequently sought and received guidance from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness regarding a plan we created.

We believe most seniors and their parents want a whole-class graduation and a prom, as do we. Barring any shut-downs mandated by the state, we are proceeding as if these events will take place. So, in order to adhere to the required six foot spacing, we will hold graduation outdoors with an indoor back-up plan if the weather is not suitable.

OUR BEST PLAN

AN OUTDOOR GRADUATION will be held in Marshall Stadium so that the entire class can be together. The stadium holds many fond memories for our seniors and can provide the space we need.

To comply with health department spacing guidelines, each graduate will receive four tickets for their guests. There may be a few additional tickets available depending on how many seniors and families chose to attend. If you have a blended family or special situation, please contact Academic Services. You will be placed on a waiting list to see what is available. We will livestream the ceremony for those unable to attend. To allow spacing for more parents, not all faculty will be in attendance.

We will schedule our outdoor graduation for four different times, and on Wednesday of graduation week, we will announce the chosen day and time for the ceremony based upon the weather forecast. The event will be either Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m., or Sunday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Since most families plan graduation parties for Sunday afternoon after our traditional morning ceremony, this approach should work well.

WEATHER-RELATED EMERGENCY PLAN

If the weather forecast makes an outdoor ceremony impossible to conduct, we will hold three different ceremonies in Steinhauser Gymnasium on Saturday, May 22. Each ceremony will involve 100 seniors and their parents. Seniors will be allowed to identify their first and second choice of these times: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., or 5 p.m.   

Any senior, with his family’s permission, may opt out of the above plans and receive his diploma either (a) in a private ceremony with Dr. Mullen and the senior’s family members or (b) via the mail. Please contact Academic Services if you choose one of these options.

We will add elements of our annual Baccalaureate Mass to graduation while keeping in mind our overall time outdoors. Other events that can be done while adhering to six foot spacing, like a campus drive-through parade, are being planned.

Look for more information from us soon about Graduation 2021 and other events like prom, which is currently scheduled for May 8!


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