8th grade Promotion

8th grade families, 

We hope you are making plans to join us for the upcoming 8th grade Drive-Thru Promotion on Monday, June 1st.  We will be sending home specific plans for the event and will giving you information about a photo booth a group of 8th grade parents are preparing at the Herald Park the night of the event. If you are interested in helping with the photo both, please email Tricia VanWarmerdam at vanwarmerdam@arcohe.net.  Since the County is still under Stay-at-Home Orders, they have sent out public health guidelines we MUST follow to hold this event.  Below is the text from the memo the district received on May 19th.  Please help us celebrate our 8th graders in a safe, responsible manner.  Thank you!

Graduation Guidance for Schools and School Districts

May 19, 2020

As we close out the school year, we understand the strong desire to recognize your graduating students for their accomplishments. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided guidance stating that in-person graduation is still not allowed at this time. Drive-in or drive-thru only services are permissible as long as all public health precautions and social distancing is maintained. These functions are permissible with the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 6 feet between vehicles
  • Each vehicle contains only members of the same household
  • Attendees are required to stay in their vehicles for the entire program. Schools may set up a station where each graduating student may exit their vehicle to pick-up their diploma and pose for photographs. Only one student may exit a vehicle at a time and social distancing must be maintained at all times
  • Public restrooms are not available, and not to be utilized
  • Robust plans to prevent in-person congregating of students, staff, and family members before and after the drive-in event(s). This may include appointment windows to stagger student arrivals, restricting attendees to one vehicle per family, and having security or police onsite.

Thank you for your collaboration and due diligence in these extraordinary times.

Olivia Kasirye, MD, MS
Public Health Officer