Grade 12 Farewell

Grade 12 Farewell Update - June 7, 2021

As we approach our June 25 Class Farewell date, we continue to see changes occurring to our Provincial Guidelines and we want to share with you the latest information available to us.  Working with our AHS Environmental Public Health Inspection team and BRSD Senior Administrative team we are confident that we will be able to provide our grade 12 students with a ceremony that works within these safety guidelines.  

 

As previously communicated, we presented 4 different scenarios based upon these regulations and we are now at a place to commit to a combination between Plan A/Plan C-  a Farewell Ceremony consisting of grade 12 participants with 2 guests in attendance.  This plan will also be following the guidelines laid out by Alberta Health Services:

 

  • Students must remain in cohort classes. 

 

  • Indoor graduation ceremonies will be limited to ⅓ of the fire code occupancy and can only take place as a seated event. In order to accommodate our large graduation class, we will be splitting the class into 3 separate groups, to allow for the increase in attendance, and the opportunity for 2 guests to attend.  A live stream would still be made available for those family members unable to attend the live event. 
    • Group 1- 4:00- 5:00
    • Group 2- 5:30- 6:30
    • Group 3- 7:00-8:00
  • Masking and physical distancing between guest groupings is required.  Assigned seating will be set up to help facilitate this.
  • No indoor social gatherings are permitted. Students will arrive at the school and be expected to immediately report to their homeroom cohort class.  From there, they will be escorted into the gymnasium and have an opportunity to walk across the stage to receive their certificate and then be a part of the rest of their group's ceremony. Guests will arrive at the school no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled ceremony.  They, too, must proceed straight to the gymnasium and sit in their assigned seat.  We would ask at the conclusion of each ceremony that all students and guests vacate the school as quickly as possible to allow for sanitization and preparation for the next group.  This means no one can be mingling together, stopping to chat, or moving together for quick photos.  
  • The school has hired a professional photographer and video crew that will be taking photos and videos and all will be shared with families and students.  
  •  Masks must be worn at all times once in the school.
  • Guests must remain seated in their assigned seats at all times. 
  • Any participants attending the event must ensure that they are “well” and must follow all hand sanitizing guidelines and protocols that are in place.



In addition, the staff is also planning to provide the grade twelves with a virtual performance from the staff band, special messages from the school, and a bagged breakfast in their cohorts during period 2 on Thursday, June 24. 

 

Over the next week the staff will be working hard around the details of this event.  We are hopeful that we will be able to share these details next week that include the specific time that each student will be assigned.

 

Please remember that this plan is still contingent on the Alberta Government “Open for Summer Plan” and reaching stage 2 by June 25.  If we do not meet the benchmarks that the government has set out, we will modify our Farewell Ceremony and limit it to only graduating students without the presence of outside guests.  Our plans are also subject to change if our school experiences a surge in COVID cases between now and June 25.

 

In order for this event to be safe and successful for everyone, it is imperative that all of our guidelines listed above are followed.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Once again, on behalf of the entire Class Farewell Committee with thank you for your patience and understanding.  



Class Farewell Committee:

Shane Gau- Principal

Caroline Simonson- Assistant Principal

Sandra Wills- Assistant Principal

Miles Walsh- Assistant Principal

Jessica Sellin- Committee advisor

Laura Hess- Committee advisor

Katherine MacKenzie- Committee advisor

Grade 12 Farewell Update - April 22, 2021

Students, Parents/Guardians,

 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback around our Class Farewell date.  We received over 170 responses, which was equally divided between graduates and their parents/guardians.  From these responses, 51% were in favor of moving the date to June 25, 23% were in favor of leaving the date on May 7, and 26% were OK with either of the proposed dates.  Based upon the feedback, the Class Farewell Committee is committed to moving the date to June 25.  

 

We realize that there are still many uncertainties around what this date may look like, but based upon the feedback we have received from many health professionals, we believe that this may be our greatest opportunity to pick the best and safest scenario possible for our graduates. Please remember that all scenarios will include live streaming of the event for all friends and family.  We are needing the updated FOIP forms completed and returned ASAP so we can prepare for this process.

 

Thank you once again for your feedback and understanding as we continue to navigate through this process.

 

Class Farewell Committee

 

Grade Twelve Farewell Update - April 14, 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians:

 

As you are aware, our Grade Twelve Class Farewell date (May 7) is fast approaching and many of you have questions around this important event. We are all committed to making this a special day for our graduates and are preparing several different options for this day based on provincial restrictions around COVID. Our original plan shared with students and parents proposed three different scenarios:

 

Plan A: Virtual Ceremony- Farewell participants will have an opportunity to walk across a stage and receive their certificate but there will be no seated program. A photographer will be able to capture this moment and a live stream video will be available to families to view. All speeches will also be pre-recorded and shared out in this event. This scenario would occur if regulations around indoor gatherings are still in place which would prevent us from including parents and other family/friends in this event. We will look into ways to cohort (homeroom classes in the morning block) our students into different groups to accomplish this event safely while following AHS guidelines. This would require each family to submit a FOIP form in advance (which will be sent out).

 

Plan B: Farewell Participants only with a few speeches- This plan included a seated program with a few speeches for our grade twelve students only. Participants would have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their certificate with a photographer capturing this moment. A live stream video would be available for families and friends to watch. This scenario would occur if regulations around indoor gatherings would allow a small gathering to occur but with limited numbers in place. We will look into ways to break our students into 3 different groups and have 3 short programs for our graduating class. All other speeches will be pre-recorded and shared out in this program.

 

Plan C: Farewell Participants with 2 Family Members in attendance- This plan will include a seated program with up to 2 family members in attendance. This plan will be used if regulations around indoor gatherings are changed and we can accommodate a larger number of participants. A live stream would still be made available for those family members unable to attend the live event. 



The current situation around us continues to change daily. Because of the rising COVID case numbers in our community, we are adding another scenario to those previously presented.  



Plan D: Virtual- Ceremony with no students/staff present- This plan will be used if the government decides to move all students to “at home” learning. This would prevent our students from coming into the school and we would be required to do all speeches virtually. Students and families would be able to watch a video presentation that includes photos and highlights from every grade twelve student. Students would still be given their certificates, but no formal, in-person event would take place. This slideshow would be shared out to all grade twelve students and their families to enjoy in their own homes. This would require each family to submit a FOIP form in advance (which will be sent out) as well as an image of the graduand in their special attire. A google form will be sent out to grade twelve emails to upload these images. 

 

Following our proposed ideas, it is our sincere hope that at the least we would be able to proceed with Plan A. These modifications would include remaining in class cohorts only, with sufficient time in between groups for proper sanitization. This would provide our students the opportunity to still walk across the stage, receive their certificate, and have their photo taken (these are all things the students told us were important to them). This event will occur throughout the late afternoon on Friday, May 7 and will be live streamed for families to watch at home.

 

In addition, the staff is also planning to provide the grade twelves with a virtual performance from the staff band, special messages from the school, and a bagged breakfast in their cohorts during period 2 on Thursday, May 6. 

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we know many of you are disappointed that we will not be having a formal class farewell ceremony again this year.  We know that this is a very exciting time for our grade twelve students and we want to do our best to ensure that they are celebrated in the best and safest way possible. A decision around which plan we decide on will be made on April 27th. We want to make sure our plan is safe and accurate so that students and parents can prepare accordingly, and we make the best decision based upon our current situation. 

 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we continue to do our best to navigate through this very difficult situation.



Class Farewell Committee:

Shane Gau- Principal

Caroline Simonson- Assistant Principal

Sandra Wills- Assistant Principal

Miles Walsh- Assistant Principal

Jessica Sellin- Committee advisor

Laura Hess- Committee advisor

Katherine MacKenzie- Committee advisor

 

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