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Dear Parents of the Class of 2020:


I hope that all of you are safe and healthy!  

For the benefit of all, I  offer this recap of the Zoom call meetings held on Monday for the class of 2020 graduation.  I thank all of you who were able to participate!

Participants in the Town Halls included representation from 28 Senior class families. Earlier in the day, the President of the Senior class met with the Principal.

At the top of the meeting, I reviewed the decision-making process for conducting a Zoom Graduation Ceremony on May 21st. Key factors included the three phases of the White House Guidelines for Opening America Again https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/ and the priority of ensuring the safety and health of the members of our community.  I also shared the challenges of planning, given the changing directives from the Illinois State Board of Education. On April 29th a list of prohibited events was published; several of those events became permissible just three days later on May 2nd. 

We discussed the options allowed by the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IDPH-ISBE-Grad-Ceremony-Guidance.pdf

We heard that people valued the ceremonies that would:
  • Allow family participation
  • Provide photo opportunities on campus
  • Focus on a student-centered experience

We also heard a number of people prefer to wait to hold any type of ceremony until late June with the hope that a traditional ceremony could be held at school.

Below is the link to a brief survey (the red button), where you can let us know which of the graduation options you prefer. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please complete it by noon on Thursday May 7 . This will allow us to pull responses together so I can represent the perspectives of parents in a meeting with the GP Executive committee later on Thursday.  The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors willI ultimately make the decision.  I hope to get back to everyone with our decisions by the weekend, or at the latest on Monday. 

In the survey, the options are listed in terms that are referenced in the IDPH/ISBE Guidelines, so please refer to those agin if needed. I am also listing brief reminders of what each option refers to below.  

After completing the survey, if you'd like to write further suggestions, you can do so through the "suggestion box" link. This is also below, in a blue button.

Thank you for your collaboration!

In Providence,

Tom Bednar
President


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Virtual Ceremonies
  • Virtual Ceremonies -- All participants remote via Zoom on computer or smartphone 

Ceremonies that Maintain Social Distancing Guidance 
  • Drive-in - All students and their immediate families gather in the parking lot in their cars for the ceremony.  Students exit their cars when their name is read for a photo.
  • Drive-through -- All students and their immediate families drive through the parking lot according to a schedule.  Students exit their cars for a photo.
  • Individualized at School -- Students only walk across stage in cap and gown for photo op
  • Individualized at Home -- Student photo op in cap and gown at their home



Additional Resources:
VIDEOS of the recorded Town Hall sessions :
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Update:
On May 2nd, IDPH and ISBE released a joint statement containing guidance for schools to use when planning their graduation ceremonies. Click HERE if you wish to read that document again.
Calendar of SENIOR Events
5/12 - Last day of eLearning for Seniors

5/13 - Chromebook turn-in & locker clean out for SENIORS only*.

5/16 - Caps & Gowns, along with all cords and awards, will be hand-delivered to Seniors by a member of the faculty and staff.

5/21 - TENTATIVE - Baccalaureate Mass, YouTube Premier
5/21 - TENTATIVE - Graduation Ceremony via Zoom

TBD:
World Language Induction Ceremony
International Thespian Society Induction Ceremony

*Sign up required, see below.
Chromebook Return
SENIORS will have access to the school to retrieve personal belongings on the same day they return their Chromebooks and chargers - Wed, May 13, 9am-1pm

Because we need to limit the number of people gathering at a given time per social distancing guidelines, we are requiring everyone to SIGN UP for a timeslot on their appropriate day.

Please ensure students bring both their Chromebook AND CHARGER.

Students should enter through the main entrance and stop at the window to return the Chromebook and charger. After returning the Chromebook and charger, the student will then retrieve their items. Parents are asked to remain in the car.

Important: If the student or any member or his/her household has been exposed to Coronavirus, we ask that you make other arrangements. Please contact Mr. Bednar at tbednar@guerinprep.org if this applies to you.

All students should ...

YES, ALL CHROMEBOOKS MUST BE RETURNED
Several families have contacted the school to inquire if they may purchase their Guerin-issued Chromebooks. Unfortunately, that is not an option. All Guerin-issued equipment must be returned.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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