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Superintendent's Message - Re: End-of-the-Year Activities

From the Office of the Superintendent:

Dear Secondary School Families,

We have received some questions about end-of-the-year activities and wanted to issue a quick statement. Both of our high schools are in the middle of WASC accreditation visits this week. This is an important event that occurs every few years and involves outside professional visitors. The visitation is the top priority for the week.

We are meeting with the Public Health Department later today for clarification regarding gatherings and events. Holding an in-person graduation this year is our focus. We will be cautious about anything that jeopardizes that opportunity. We were contacted last week by the Public Health Department after a member of our community reported a Prom proposal as a violation of the current order. This was on the heels of a community member reporting a relatively small athletic team dinner on campus with volunteers as a violation in their eyes. The Public Health Department takes all complaints seriously. As such, we do not want to create false hope before confirming our plans will pass the scrutiny we are experiencing.

With activities for the end of the year feverishly coming forward, we asked all five secondary schools to pause planning for activities other than graduation or middle school promotion. This was communicated to each principal, PTAC, and our Board of Education. WASC visitations end this Wednesday (tomorrow afternoon). All five principals and both Activities Directors are meeting together on Thursday to discuss activities. We will follow the Public Health Department guidelines, as we have since March of 2020. Until then, we ask for a little space to avoid missteps. Families and students should expect a message from your principal on Friday with updates. School sites, principals, superintendents, and school boards do not have the authority to disregard the Public Health Department. We all want to see our students experience fun activities at the end of the year, within the guidelines provided.


Don Austin

Superintendent of Schools