Dear Grade 12 Students and Families:
With new health and safety measures that were announced by our province at the beginning of February, we wanted to update Grade 12 families on graduation and prom events for this year.
For June 2021, we will be moving forward with the same commencement process as last year that will honour our students and parents. The events will respect physical distancing and mask guidelines, allow for each grad to be celebrated in person, and provide a live streaming and virtual celebration that families can enjoy. While we cannot host our traditional graduation ceremonies, our 2021 Ceremonies will allow our graduates to cross the stage in a fashion similar to last year’s grad ceremonies. These innovative events require careful planning and demonstrates our commitment to our graduates by ensuring that they are recognized in the best way possible under the COVID-19 restrictions. We will communicate key details around the process closer to your school’s commencement date.
The Province of British Columbia continues to have restrictions in place for gatherings and public events. These events include concerts and conferences, as well as professional, college, and school sporting and social events. With this information, we regret to inform you that Prom events have been cancelled for this year. As upsetting as this news is, we want you to know that this decision was not made lightly, and we had hoped we could still hold these memorable events for our students. Funds raised for grad events can go towards gifts and grad items, but not events. Additionally, I would ask students and parents to assist us by not hosting private unsanctioned prom events in the coming months, as this will put many community members at risk. We have experienced and heard of many events like birthday parties and youth gatherings that have led to Covid exposures at schools and households around the Fraser Valley this year, and we want to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We know this has been a challenging year for everyone, most especially the grads of 2021. We all want to honour all your work and sacrifice, while recognizing the unique requirements and restrictions this year brings us. Please look for updates in the spring as information on events is developed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school principal. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work to provide a safe, enriching, and welcoming school environment. Please take care.
Superintendent of Schools