Superintendent’s Letter: Plans being made for graduation and year-end activities

May 15, 2020

Dear OESJ families and Staff,

I know that many of you are thinking about the end of school year, particularly our graduation ceremony. Please know that we have also been thinking about this. Administrators, faculty advisors and students continue to work together to come up with creative plans to recognize our graduates and have a commencement program under the guidelines of the Health Department and Governor’s executive orders, including social distancing.

The commencement event may look different, but our goal is to commemorate this milestone in the class of 2020 in a way that will be memorable. Information about specific events and the end of the year schedule (month of June) will be shared as we know more.

At this point let me share with you the various initiatives we are exploring:

  • The various graduation options being considered include use of a drive-in theater, other outside areas, as well as a later date. Any suggestions you may have can be directed to the high school principal.
  • Signs have been ordered to recognize all graduates with their yearbook picture on the sign. Signs will be placed at their homes and at the high school site.

Also, please be aware that Monday, May 25, 2020 is Memorial Day and there will be no instruction on that day; all schools will be closed.

Once the June schedule for teaching and learning is finalized, and more details are known about the graduation; further communication will be sent.

Thank you to our students, families, teachers and staff, and the OESJ community for your continued support, understanding and hard work during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Joseph L. Natale
Interim Superintendent