Alberta high schools are smoothing out graduates’ plans in the final month of classes.
Like last year, traditional ceremonies are banned due to rules around gatherings, so schools must adapt.
Holy Trinity Academy principal Carmen Ostafichuk said they had to follow a set of AHS guidelines.
“The guidelines for K-12 schools were really specific for graduates, which could happen, so I would expect most schools to do something very similar.”
HTA has, however, been able to innovate within these guidelines.
Ostafichuk says they devised a way to provide the traditional “walking on stage” experience in the school atrium.
“When it’s time for them to walk through their stage, they’re going to walk through, in their cohorts, through the atrium and we’re going to set up a stage where they walk through and graduate because their mission statement is read, so they can still cross the stage in this environment.”
She says morale has been good lately, with students returning to class after a few weeks of home learning.
“A lot of kids said being home was harder for teachers than for them because they’re perfectly comfortable at home, but they all say it’s so much easier to concentrate in class and not being distracted. We’re happy to have them back and I think they’re really good at looking at the pros and cons and being happy to be back. They just hope they don’t get kicked out at their home.
Ostafichuk says it’s been a wild ride for these students and they hope to provide the best possible experience for graduates, given the circumstances.
“When they go, one day, to have a job interview or, heck, ask someone to marry them, they should say ‘I was in 12th grade in 2020-21, so you should hire me, you should marry you’ me, you should be my friend forever because I’m adaptable and I’m compassionate, and I haven’t had the same experience as everyone else!’ I just think this Grade 12 class is just phenomenal.”
She says they’ve set a date for the prom in late June, but given the nature of the province’s open plan for the summer, it’s not yet clear what it will look like.
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