LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Despite the pandemic and school facilities closed for the remainder of the academic year, high school students in Sachem will have in-person graduation ceremonies after all, if government requirements allow. If mandates prevent a ceremony, the district also has a backup plan.
The Sachem Central School District announced the plans in a memo authored by Sachem High School North Principal Patti Trombetta, Sachem High School East Principal Lou Antonetti, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Erin Hynes.
“We have explored numerous options in order to provide you, our graduates, with the most meaningful experience for your 2020 Graduation,” the memo read. “It was imperative to us that you be able to mark this milestone in a joyful way within the circumstances we find ourselves in. We are proud of your grit and tenacity to keep a positive outlook. You are a Sachem leader through and through.”
If the district is permitted by government requirements upon the graduation date, the district plans to conduct in-person ceremonies. Specifically, the plans are:
- Four evening ceremonies on the football field of the student’s home school incorporating social distancing guidelines.
- Each ceremony will be for approximately 140 assigned students at a time.
- The ceremonies will be held on June 22 and June 23. The rain dates will be June 24, 25 and 26.
- Each student will be allowed to bring two guests and arrive in one car.
- Each group of three individuals per family will be seated in marked areas together on the field with appropriate spacing.
If the in-person ceremonies are not allowed by these dates, the district said the backup plan is a mobile graduation. Students and their families will drive around to the front stage where the student can get out, receive a diploma, have the name announced, take a picture, and return to the vehicle. All parents and family members will remain in the car.
“Please know that we will do all we can to make this a memorable and special graduation for you, our class of 2020. We wish you nothing but good health, success and safety as we press on through these trying times. Always know you will have a home here in Sachem and we look forward to providing you with a lasting memory as you exit your Senior year,” Trombetta, Antonetti and Hynes wrote.