Charter school to conduct virtual commencement

The Tidioute Community Charter School will be holding a virtual commencement Friday night.

Dr. Doug Allen, chief educational officer, told the Times Observer that the event “will run live via the TCCS website which will show a link on Friday … in (the) late afternoon or early evening.”

The event will take place at 7 p.m.

“The link for the graduation will be available on our school website at tidioutecharter.com on the front page of the website,” office manager Heather Cass. “TCCS will graduate 25 seniors this year from Warren, Titusville, Forest and Meadville, Pa.”

Cass said the valedictorian is Jacob Charles Hulse, salutatorian is Madison Marie Payne and the historian is Adrianna Hope Pierce.

“Scholarships will be awarded during the virtual graduation,” she said. “Kathy Rapp presented Madison Payne with a certificate for writing the winning essay for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools.

“Congratulations to the TCCS Class of 2020,” Allen said. “Thank you to all of our families/guardians of our seniors.”

Allen said that a graduation video “will contain pictures of all seniors, a class remembrance video and speeches as would usually be made.”

Allen said Board President Al Haney would “graduate that the seniors and that guests will include State Representative Kathy Rapp.

“We know the TCCS Class of 2020 will remain Bulldog Strong,” Allen said.

While Friday will be a celebration for the entire school, that doesn’t mean planning for next school year isn’t underway.

Allen said that summer homework will be able to be picked up this week and explained that “school opening in the fall is still unclear.

“The Pennsylvania Department of education guidelines for Fall,2020 are not yet finalized,” Allen explained. “At TCCS, we are forming a committee effective on May 29th to study options for the fall. Students may attend in person on an alternating ‘every other day’ schedule . If something like that were required, our school could meet CDC guidelines for bussing and in school activities.”

He said school staff would be reviewing guidance from the state once offered.

“The governor intends to release guidelines for opening schools next year by June 15th,” Allen said. “School may not be the same in the fall.”


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