Coronavirus: Marion area schools finalize graduation plans
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MARION — A clearer picture of what graduation will look like is now in focus for Marion County high school seniors.
飞艇计划app开奖According to plans each of the five public school districts released this week, graduation ceremonies will feature a combination of drive-through, limited in-person, and virtual components.
飞艇计划app开奖Marion Harding and Ridgedale high schools will each conduct graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 17. River Valley High School has a commencement plan that will be staged on three separate dates beginning Tuesday, May 19. Elgin High School seniors will graduate on Saturday, May 23. Pleasant High School's graduation ceremony is set for Sunday, May 31.
None of the ceremonies are open to the public.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has recommended that school districts conduct either virtual ceremonies or "structured and controlled in-person graduation ceremonies." The in-person recommendations are limited to either drive-through or single-family events, according to the ODE website. The agency also instructed school districts to hold ceremonies on the date originally scheduled or as close to that date as possible.
Traci Kinsler, commissioner of Marion Public Health, said she and leaders of local law enforcement agencies met with district superintendents to discuss planning for graduation. Kinsler said she advised district leaders to follow the guidelines established by ODE and orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health.
"We're going to stay true to that May 17 date," said Ron Iarussi, superintendent of Marion City Schools. "For us, because of the size of our senior class, the best option is the drive-though diploma pick-up. ... We've been in constant contact with (Marion Public Health) and Chief (Bill) Collins (of the Marion Police Department) has been fantastic throughout this whole process. We've had many conversations about what it should look like."
飞艇计划app开奖Ridgedale Local Schools Superintendent Bob Britton said each district in Marion County established its own plan based on conversations with senior class leadership.
飞艇计划app开奖"We used our senior class as a sounding board," Britton said. "This wasn't a decision that was made just at the administrative level. Our high school principal Greg Rossman and assistant principal Jessica Parthemore as well as our senior class advisers met with our senior class officers and other representatives of the senior class. The plan we have is what they felt would be in our best interest and the safest way to conduct our diploma delivery."
飞艇计划app开奖For both Iarussi and Britton, this is an emotional time. In a video posted to the Marion City Schools Facebook page, Iarussi shared that his mother recently died due to the effects of COVID-19.
飞艇计划app开奖"This virus is deadly. It's for real. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that all of our families and students are safe," Iarussi said. "And I think they need to understand that, for me, when it hits home like that, it changes your perspective. I know there's a lot of people who haven't been affected by it that don't think it's going to touch their lives in any way.
"I don't want to see anyone else's family have to go through what my family just went through."
飞艇计划app开奖Britton and his family have been dealing with the emotions related to his daughter, McKinley, being a senior and the valedictorian of the Ridgedale Class of 2020.
飞艇计划app开奖"This isn't the way I wanted things to go on a personal level, but we have to look out for the safety and security of the Ridgedale community and put our personal agendas aside," Britton said. "We would love to do a traditional ceremony, but the safety of our students, staff, families, community has to be first and foremost in our thinking."
Overview of plans
Marion Harding High School plans to offer a drive-through diploma ceremony that will include include a broadcast of student and administrator speeches broadcast on AM 1490 WMRN. Students and members of their families will be allowed to drive to the high school parking lot to receive the diplomas on May 17.
The plan at Ridgedale calls for seniors and four members of their immediate families to drive to the front of the junior/senior high school, exit their vehicles to receive their diploma, take photos, and then exit campus. Each senior will be given a commemorative video that will feature the ceremony, speeches, and other highlights. The ceremony will be broadcast on AM 1490 WMRN.
飞艇计划app开奖At River Valley, officials have developed a three-component plan to celebrate graduation. A single-family ceremony, limited to the seniors and four members of their immediate family, is set for Tuesday, May 19 in the high school auditorium.
飞艇计划app开奖A drive-in ceremony will be conducted on Friday, May 29 at the high school. Attendance is limited to one vehicle per senior/family. This ceremony will feature speeches and students will be allowed to walk across the stage to receive diplomas. The event will be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page.
The final component is set for Sunday, May 31 and features videos of the aforementioned ceremonies streamed on the district's social media platforms.
Elgin High seniors will be given the chance to receive their diplomas on stage in the school's cafetorium on May 23. Similar to other plans Marion Public Health approved, students will be limited to bringing four members of their immediate family to the ceremony. The ceremony will be broadcast on the district's social media platforms and AM 1490 WMRN.
Pleasant High School will conduct graduation on May 31, the date on which it was originally scheduled. District officials collaborated with senior class representatives to develop the plan, which will feature a drive-through diploma ceremony. Students will be allowed to exit their vehicles to receive their diplomas and have photos taken. The event will be broadcast on AM 1490 WMRN.