Student Life | SENIOR Parent Newsletter
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Dear Parents of the Class of 2020:

I’m writing in follow up to the message sent last week with the graduation survey.
Thank you to all who shared in the virtual meetings on Monday and through the
survey.
 
The results of the survey were consistent with what we heard in the meetings on
Monday. The consensus is to postpone the class of 2020 graduation date and have
an opportunity for the graduates to “walk across the stage” for a photo in their cap
and gown. The Illinois guidance for school graduations allows for what is referred to
as a recognition Individualized at School which would provide that opportunity.  
 
I met with the school leadership team today to discuss the survey and options. We
also had input from faculty before the meeting with the Executive Committee of the
Board of Directors. All were in agreement that postponing the date of graduation
would be best and certainly understood the strong desire of parents and students to
have that photo opportunity at the school. So, the Guerin Prep class of 2020 will
be invited to take part in an individualized graduation at the school on June
23, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
 
While we can't have the full traditional commencement ceremony at the school, this
allowable graduation option will provide the opportunity for each Guerin Prep
senior to walk across the stage in the school auditorium, receive his/her diploma
and have a picture taken. We will continue to monitor the state's guidelines for
group gatherings in the coming weeks and plan the logistics accordingly.
 
 
We will provide more specific details in the upcoming weeks, but we wanted to let
you know we have made this change so you can mark your calendars.

In Providence,


Tom Bednar
President
Survey Data
48 Participants Surveyed
Thank you for taking the survey! Even families who did not participate in a town hall watched the videos and read up on the options and expressed their opinions in the survey. THANK YOU!
Overwhelming Response!
Of the 48 people that sompleted the survey, 16.7% were in favor of keeping the orizginal Zoom graduation in May, 79.2% were in favor of postponing until June.
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:
This Wednesday!
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.
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.
VIDEOS of the recorded Town Hall sessions :
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