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Graduation Message from SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt
Posted 4/27/20


I hope you are staying well. The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and with the end of the year comes many traditions. Our current environment has challenged us to think creatively about end-of-the-year traditions and how we can continue to safely honor the things that we hold most dear. We have heard from our high school seniors how important it is to them to have an in-person graduation ceremony. We agree that this is a well-earned rite of passage and so, in addition to the virtual ceremonies already planned for the last day of school, we are committed to having an in-person event for our graduating seniors at a future time. There are many unknowns in hosting these future events. Ultimately, we will need to abide by legal directives from County Public Health, any shelter-in-place mandates, the coordination of all parties involved, and the ability of the Class of 2020 to attend. With patience, we are confident that this is achievable.


In addition, our high school principals are partnering with students, parent groups and district leadership to explore options to celebrate our seniors in personalized, equitable and safe ways. Principals will be communicating with their school communities as plans are developed. We appreciate all the terrific ideas that have been suggested.


I am very, very proud of our seniors for rising to the challenges that they have faced this year. As a District, we are planning for all possible scenarios in an ongoing dynamic environment. For now, I encourage everyone to continue to band together and make these unique celebrations something we will all look back on and smile. I am confident that the stories these students will one day tell of their senior year will be tales of accomplishment, cooperation, gratitude and perseverance in the face of adversity. 


Thank you for your ongoing support of the work we are doing together. Stay well.