Additional Information About Senior Graduation Plans

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Dear TVUSD Families and Students,

Since releasing TVUSD’s plans for the graduating senior class of 2020 last evening, we have received several inquiries and requests for additional information about the plans.

The information shared yesterday was intended to share a broad, overarching yet heartfelt message that we had hoped would convey our District’s commitment to providing an all-encompassing, student-centered, quality graduation production in a virtual format. While we realize it's difficult to conceptualize anything other than traditional graduation, we want to go into more depth about how unique the virtual program can be.

What we want to convey in a deeper sense as best we can in writing is that what our high school campuses are planning are extensive and elaborate events that will include all of the elements that would normally be included in a typical live graduation ceremony with student and staff speeches, talent, and all of the pomp and circumstance protocols in place. Students will also have the opportunity to come to the campus to be filmed walking on the decorated stage in their graduation regalia. This will be captured and placed in the production which will then be put together and streamed for all to see. This isn’t a typical video production and we truly believe that our staff, along with professionally hired resources will put together not just a video, but an experience that celebrates and highlights our students, their achievements, and their unique campus culture.

We want to acknowledge the heartwarming emotion and support that our sites have for their students. There hasn’t been a day that has passed since March 13 that our high school teams have not been working on how to provide a meaningful graduation event for seniors. We have teams of administrators who were ready to rent a truck and drive to Texas to pick up the cap and gowns that were delayed due to current circumstances. Thankfully, we just learned today that the remaining orders are due to arrive at the end of this week. The staff is also collaborating on “surprises” that even the students participating in the planning aren’t privy to.

In addition to the information provided above, we want to share the following new details that we are working on as part of the plans.

  • Our teams are working on logistics that may allow for parents of graduating seniors to be present, in accordance with appropriate protocols, to watch their children walk across the stage during the filming opportunity.

  • Our teams are continuing to review options for a “hopeful” later summer gathering and what we may be able to offer based on state and county directives at the time. We are not limited to late summer and will consider options into the fall if necessary. The sites are hoping to include yearbook signings, photo opportunities, and senior sunset to provide seniors with some of the opportunities they missed during COVID19. We are not able to provide any details on this at this time because we just don’t know if gatherings will be allowed. However, please know we are completely open to making this a reality for those who may be able to attend.

We want to assure you that we reviewed multiple options, such as holding small group graduations with students placed six feet apart, and the logistics are simply not feasible for us to proceed in the current COVID19 climate.

We hope that this helps clarify some of the plans and we ask that you give the District and our school site high school teams the next few weeks to work out and share the specific details and commemoration opportunities.

With Gratitude and Appreciation,

Tim Ritter

Temecula Valley Unified School District

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