With temporary school closures due to COVID-19, members of the Riverhead Central School District convened virtually in two Superintendent’s Roundtables to begin conceptualizing alternative graduation plans and tributes for the Class of 2020.
The Zoom sessions allowed Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Principal Sean O’Hara and administrators and teachers to speak with nine seniors and gather their input on options and ways to recognize the Class of 2020.
“It is so important to involve our seniors in this process,” said Dr. Henriquez. “We want to ensure that they get the experience they deserve for all their hard work.”
A variety of suggestions were put forth during the sessions, with some already in the works.
After students expressed a desire to see their teachers and classmates one last time, the district initiated a drive-through tribute that will be held at the high school on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. The district is preparing a virtual graduation, as well.
Also discussed were ideas for senior milestones, including prom, yearbook signings and awards nights.
The district will continue to work toward alternative plans and host a third roundtable discussion with seniors on May 18.