Plans for how Caldwell County High School’s Class of 2020 will finish its secondary school career have been released by CCHS Principal Christy Phelps in a letter sent Thursday to the 135 seniors.
Baccalaureate and graduation ceremony plans were clarified in the letter, as were directions on how the students would make it all possible.
Phelps said this year’s graduating class was “a special group of students.”
“We regret that the school year ended this way,” she said. “We appreciate them understanding that this is beyond our control.
“They are very resilient, very positive students. They are a unique group of kids and they are rebounding.”
Activities leading up to the baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies will be held with respect for social distancing and safety for the students, their family members and friends.
“Right now, we are waiting for the health department to approve the way that we’ve got graduation set up, as far as them receiving their diploma,” Phelps said Monday. “There will be no hand-to-hand contact.”
The senior celebration begins Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, when community members are invited to drive up the hill to the high school and see the seniors’ signs posted along the road.
From noon to 2 p.m., seniors will retrieve their signs from the hill and drive to the front of the high school building, where they will be given their caps, gowns and other graduation accoutrement.
Seniors will also receive a flyer on how to order their final transcript through Parchment to aid in college applications.
After the seniors get back home on Thursday, they are encouraged to take a photo with their sign and share it with the school through the Class of 2020 Photocircle “celebrateCCHSsigns.”
From Friday through May 8, seniors are asked to get dressed in their caps and gowns for a senior photo to be used in the graduation ceremony. Seniors are asked to make it a wide photo — also called a landscape photo — rather than a “tall” photo. This photo is to be shared with the Class of 2020 Photocircle “loveCCHScaps&gowns.”
The baccalaureate service will be streamed at 7 p.m. May 17. The Final Walk video will be released May 18, and the Virtual Class Night honors program will be released May 19.
On graduation day, May 22, a campus parade and diploma distribution is planned, maintaining state health guidelines. More information will be sent to the students about this activity.
At 7 p.m., seniors can take part in a virtual graduation ceremony from the comfort of their own homes.
Streaming locations for all of these online postings will be provided at caldwell.kyschools.us during the week of the ceremony.
To get the most up-to-date information on senior announcements, class members are asked to text ALERT (in all capitals) to 22300.