The Senior Class of 2020 has had their senior year swept from underneath them due to COVID-19. Graduation, Prom, and extra-curricular activities have all been cancelled or delayed. Their final walk out their senior doors or their last time in the classroom as a student, have been taken from them.
With all that has happened due to the virus, the Jackson County Board of Education is trying to give seniors some hope that important life events in every senior’s journey, will be provided to them, just at a later time.
According to Jackson County Schools Superintendent Blaine Hess, both Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools will participate in senior celebrations on Friday, May 29, the day they would have walked across the stage to accept their diplomas.
Due to social distancing, there will not be a stage at this time; however, a parade is being hosted in their honor.
Ripley High’s senior parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 29. The starting mark for the parade will be at Walmart and will end at the high school.
As for Ravenswood High’s senior parade, it will begin at 6 p.m. also on May 29 and will follow the same route as the Home Coming Parade.
During each parade, the Class of 2020 seniors will be driven through the community to be recognized for their achievement.
On Friday, June 26, the BOE has made plans for both Ripley and Ravenswood High School Graduation Ceremonies according to social distancing guidelines. Those plans are as follows:
• Plan A: Traditional Graduation Ceremony at both high schools at the regularly scheduled times if social distancing mandates allow.
• Plan B: If only small groups are permitted, both high schools will have graduation ceremonies in their respective auditoriums, following social distancing guidelines. (i.e. 5 or 10 graduates at a time).
• Plan C: If no gatherings are permitted, both high schools will have virtual graduations utilizing the internet/social media and local radio.
“Money that had been previously raised for Project Graduation will be divided equally and given to graduating seniors,” Hess noted. “There will be no school organized project graduation at either high school.”
Another milestone for a senior is their Senior Prom. The Board has proposed Prom for both high schools to be on June 27.
According to Hess, they will be held in their respective gyms if social distancing mandates allow.
“Prom many only occur if graduation Plan A is in effect,” Hess added.