May 5, 2020
Class of 2020 Graduates and Parents,
It is fair to feel as though you have been cheated, your year was unexpectedly cut short and you have not been able to experience traditions like those before you have experienced. I would like to thank each of you for your continued patience and understanding in the last few months. It has been difficult to hear “we don’t know yet” and yet you have been understanding and realized that our wish was to provide an experience as close to “normal” as we could for our seniors. After numerous conversations, ideas being processed and proposed, River Valley High School and South Gallia High School will conduct single family in-person graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. Specific guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education for single family in-person graduation ceremonies is listed below.
“SINGLE FAMILY IN-PERSON GRADUATION: Families are called into the auditorium one-by-one (no more than 10 people total including the school administrators), the student walks across the stage, receives a diploma and walks out of the auditorium and back to the car. The next family enters. Attention should be paid to disinfecting surfaces (door handles, hand railings, etc.) that may be repeatedly touched. Also, strict parking management and regulation is needed to prevent congregating in parking lots and outdoor locations. This can be done by appointment only to ensure a smooth process for all."
Three days have been designated for the graduate and up to four (4) family members to attend a personal ceremony for the graduate. The graduate will be filmed as they walk across the stage, receive their diploma cover, and pose for a picture. This event will be by assigned appointment only on Friday May 15, 2020, Monday May 18, 2020 and Tuesday May 19, 2020 between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm in ten minute intervals. Appointment times will be published on Class of 2020 Google Classroom, RVHS Facebook Page and the Gallia County Local Schools website. Parents and students are asked to park on the student parking side of the building and remain in their vehicle until a school representative calls for them to enter the building. The graduate and four (4) family members will be taken to a staging area until it is their allotted time.
Graduates will be filmed walking across the stage, pause for a formal graduation photo and pose for family members to take pictures. River Valley High School will work with a local professional videographer to create a final compiled product that will air for families on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Please stay tuned to the Class of 2020 Google Classroom, RVHS Facebook Page and the Gallia County Local Schools website for any updates or changes.
Timothy R. Edwards, Ed.D.
River Valley High School
Graduation Appointment Link