UPDATE TO THE CVUSD COMMUNITY REGARDING
SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
May 8, 2020
Dear CVUSD Family,
I hope you and your loved ones continue to be well. As you are aware by now, this COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable in more ways than one, particularly when it comes to issues surrounding our new educational landscape. Earlier last month, during the start of the pandemic restrictions, we made the difficult decision to postpone in-person graduations, with the promise that we would continue to monitor state and local public health guidelines and keep you all apprised. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is now in stage 2 of recovery, enabling the reopening of some non-essential businesses. Additionally, this past week, the County of San Bernardino provided school districts with updated guidance on graduation celebrations, with one of the options available being drive up graduations. We have considered these recent developments from State and County Health Officials, and I am happy to share that we will be moving forward with holding “Drive Up, No Contact Graduations” for our Class of 2020 at all of our high schools. These events will provide our graduating seniors the recognition and limelight that they deserve.
While this year’s Drive Up, No Contact Graduations may look and feel different considering the social distancing measures we must comply with, we strive to ensure that the heart and soul of these celebrations remain the same. And while this year’s graduation events may not take place in a packed arena, each student will hear their name called, walk across a stage and witness their closest family members cheering them on.
Previously, I informed everyone that our school district would professionally produce virtual video graduations for our high schools. These virtual video graduations are on track and will still be completed and aired on the day of graduation. I hope that these virtual video graduations will serve as valued mementos for our students and families for years to come.
Hard as we try, I know that nothing can replace traditional graduation ceremonies. As such, our school district is committed to holding traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies on Friday, July 31, 2020 for all of our high schools, provided that our State and County health guidelines permit. In Governor Newsom’s California Reopening Plan, large group events such as concerts and gatherings with live crowds can occur when the state is in Stage 4 of the plan. If our state is in stage 4 of reopening by July 31, 2020, we commit to hold traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 on that date.
The CVUSD Drive Up, No Contact Graduations will take place during the last week of May, the week when our regularly scheduled 2020 graduation ceremonies would have taken place. You will receive more detailed information from your high schools on protocol and next steps for Drive Up, No Contact Graduations very soon.
We hope that all of our seniors and families will participate to commemorate this important moment in their educational journeys. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020 - we look forward to celebrating you!
Norm Enfield, Ed.D.