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What’s Plan B? A number of options could add to virtual WCSD graduation

Plan A is still for virtual graduations.

However, there are a number of Plan Bs in the works.

Superintendent Amy Stewart and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Eric Mineweaser have been meeting with key stakeholders regarding alternate graduation experiences.

“Mr. Mineweaser and I met with all of the class officers of all four schools together” virtually, Stewart said. “We’ve been able to break off and meet with them with their advisors and principals.”

She said the administrators are assuring students that “it’s not us in the way,” she said. “COVID is in our way.”

So far, “plans are in place for a virtual graduation,” Stewart said. “It takes a lot of prep work.”

Caps and gowns are among the materials being delivered Tuesday with Phase 3 instructional materials.

Seniors will be able to set up appointments to go to their schools and walk across the stage with cap, gown, a flower, all of the trimmings of a typical graduation.

“They will all at least have a very nice video,” Stewart said.

The valedictorian and salutatorians will give their speeches.

That’s all district officials can promise at the moment. But, much could change by June 6.

“We’ve been very candid with the kids,” she said. “If things loosen up and we’re able to meet in other ways, that’s great.”

“The kids at Youngsville are pretty well set,” Stewart said. “The kids at Eisenhower have some other ideas. Warren is going to conduct a survey of their classmates before they lock in. We’re meeting again with Sheffield tomorrow.”

The officers have been understanding, she said. “They think in terms of money.”

Additional expenditures is not the problem. “We can provide that,” Stewart said.

The district is simply limited by the state and federal orders that are in place.

“I think we’ve moving in the right direction,” she said. “I continue to get calls. I got a call today that we’re being terrible because we’re not going to let the kids do anything.”

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