May 15, 2020
It has been a few weeks since our last update. Since then, we have been working hard to support our staff and students as we all adjust to this new way of living and learning. There’s no question that the weeks since March 13th have been challenging for everyone, but as seniors, you have been impacted in some unique and significant ways. We see the sacrifices you have made by putting aside group events and activities in favor of staying home and safe during this uncertain time. We also see many of you carrying out volunteer activities in your homes and/or the community, maintaining employment at grocery stores and other essential businesses, and still staying on top of your schoolwork. We are proud of each and every one of you!
We ask that you please take some time to review this newsletter and discuss the information it contains with your parents or guardians. Below, you will find updates on senior ball, graduation, and end of year closeout activities. We are doing our best to maintain traditions while being mindful of your safety and that of our community. If you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to email your counselor or Ms. Rodriguez, or call us using the phone numbers provided below. As we said in our last newsletter, please know that although the near future is uncertain, you have many things in your future to look forward to, and a school community that is here to support you through this time.
Dr. Kieres, Ms. Rodriguez, and the rest of the High School Administrative Team
As you know, Lehigh County is currently still in the “Red Phase” of reopening. Restrictions on gatherings larger than ten people and aggressive social distancing recommendations are in place. As a result, and in consideration of the guidance that we received from the PA Department of Education this week, we have decided to postpone graduation from Sunday, June 14th to Sunday, July 26th. We are working with our partners at the PP&L Center to explore screening, seating, and logistical arrangements that would allow us to conduct our ceremony in person if it is safe and allowable to do so.
While we are planning the details of our in-person ceremony at the PP&L center, we will also begin working with a production company to develop a virtual graduation ceremony. The virtual ceremony will then be available, in case regulations prevent us from conducting the ceremony in person. Regardless of format (virtual or in person), our graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26th. We will make a decision regarding the format of the July 26th ceremony on or before Thursday, July 2nd. Baccalaureate this year has unfortunately been cancelled. Information about cap & gown pickup is included later in this newsletter.
Interested in Speaking at Graduation?
There is still time for you to compete for a spot as one of our graduation speakers! If you’re interested, please contact Mr. Stu Speicher at email@example.com by June 1st.
Thank you to those students who filled out our recent survey regarding your interest in attending Senior Ball on a rescheduled date. The only viable rescheduling date for Senior Ball is now July 17, 2020 at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem. If you did not respond to the survey when it was sent out previously, please CLICK HERE and let your class officers know if you would be interested in attending. We only received responses from 300 students so far, but nearly 80% of those who responded indicated that they would attend the event on that date. We, of course, will only hold the event if it is safe and allowable to do so.
Lockers, Chromebooks, and Cap & Gown Pickup
Seniors will be able to come into school on Friday, June 5th and Monday, June 8th to:
- return Chromebooks with chargers, books & other school materials (don’t forget those library books!)
- clean out lockers
- pay debt obligations
- pick up caps, gowns & graduation information/materials
Students will only be able to pick up their caps, gowns, & graduation items once they have returned district materials, including their Chromebook and charger. If you have misplaced your charger, the cost of replacement is $38. Please bring payment to school with you at your designated appointment time.
In order to conduct these activities safely, it is important that students report to school only at your assigned time and follow all instructions below:
Students will report to the entrance to CAF 1 that is adjacent to the parking lot near Memorial Field and may park in any available parking space in any school district lot or on Pine Street.
- Students MUST bring and wear a mask while on school grounds. Gloves are optional.
- Students should NOT report if they have any of the following medical symptoms:
- Fever above 100 degrees
- Sore Throat
- New Cough
- New Shortness of Breath
- New Muscle Aches
- New/Unexplained Loss of Taste or Smell
- Only students will be permitted to enter the building – parents/guardians/other family members may not accompany them. Students with mobility needs or those who need assistance carrying out these tasks can contact Mrs. Knerr at firstname.lastname@example.org so that alternate arrangements can be made.
- Students must observe established traffic patterns through hallways and the cafeteria, comply with instructions given by staff members, and must maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and other individuals while on campus.
This is a huge undertaking, so we ask that students please report to school in the time frames designated below if at all possible. The date & time students are scheduled to report is based on their birth date. Siblings may report at the same date and time, during the assigned time for the oldest sibling.
Friday, June 5th
7:30 – 8:00 – January 1st – 15th
8:00 – 8:30 – January 16th – 30th
8:30 – 9:00 – February 1st – 13th
9:00 – 9:30 – February 14th – 28th
9:30 – 10:00 – March 1st – 13th
10:00 – 10:30 – March 14th – 30th
10:30 – 11:00 – April 1st – 15th
11:00 – 11:30 – April 16th – 30th
11:30 – 12:00 – May 1st – 17th
12:00 – 12:30 – May 18th – 31st
12:30 – 1:00 – June 1st – 13th
1:00 – 1:30 – June 14th – 30th
Monday June 8th
7:30 – 8:00 – July 1st – 15th
8:00 – 8:30 – July 16th – 31st
8:30 – 9:00 – August 1st – 9th
9:00 – 9:30 – August 10th – 30th
9:30 – 10:00 – September 1st – 11th
10:00 – 10:30 – September 12th – 30th
10:30 – 11:00 – October 1st – 12th
11:00 – 11:30 – October 13th – 31st
11:30 – 12:00 – November 1st – 14th
12:00 – 12:30 – November 15th – 30th
12:30 – 1:00 – December 1st – 12th
1:00 – 1:30 December 13th – 31st
If you are unable to report during your assigned time frame, please email Donna Knerr at email@example.com.
Academic expectations for the fourth marking period, including details on how grades are being calculated, was sent out on April 16th and is available HERE for your reference. If you haven’t already done so, please take time to review it.
It’s not too late to celebrate the Class of 2020 with a personalized Senior Sign! 24″ x 18″ full-color, weather-proof sign with stake. Sale ends May 21, 2020. Signs delivered the week of June 1st. Proceeds Benefit the EPSD Education Foundation. Order Here.
How To Reach Us
Seniors! The best way to reach your teachers, counselors, or grade level administrators is by email. However, if you do not have internet access or if you need to speak with someone directly, we have set up temporary phone numbers to use during the closure. They will be answered on school days between 9am and 2pm and are listed below –
EHS 12th Grade Office – Mrs. Knerr & Ms. Rodriguez – (628) 777-2785 EHS Counseling Office – (628) 246-1749
EHS Athletics and Activities Office – (628) 246-1885