June 2, 2020
Dear Colleagues, Seniors, and Families,
In testament to the strength and resilience of our extraordinary graduates, the administration and staff have worked diligently to celebrate the Class of 2020. As part of our effort to honor everyone, all Seniors are invited to come to Senior Day at RBR on June 12 to be photographed with their family for the video montage of our virtual commencement program. While these activities are not the same as a conventional graduation program, we hope to provide everyone with a memorable experience for this important milestone in their lives.
Our plan has been carefully developed with input from local agencies to ensure compliance with state and national guidelines. As our partners, families can assist us by following directions carefully and arriving at the times designated in the attached schedule. Everyone’s safety remains our foremost concern.
We’ve received a number of questions about our commencement plans and other efforts to celebrate the Class of 2020 and thought it best to address them in the FAQ below:
How many guests can each student bring to Senior Day on June 12?
Each graduate should come dressed in their cap and gown to the high school with two guests at the times designated in the attached schedule for their photo. (Remember that your caps and gowns will be delivered to your home on Tuesday, June 9.)
Where should we go after we arrive on campus?
Please enter through the main entrance and proceed toward the cannons located at eastern end of the main entrance curve. Please remain inside your vehicle. Little Silver Police and RBR staff will guide you and direct when you should exit your car.
Should families and Seniors wear masks?
Yes, for your safety and others, wearing masks is mandatory.
Should I bring my Chromebook, textbooks, and other school materials with me?
Yes. In order to receive their diploma, all students are expected to meet their obligations on June 12. RBR staff will be here to assist you and ensure all is in order for everyone to graduate.
How can I pick up my property I left behind when school closed?
All student property has been “tagged and bagged” and will be ready for pick up on June 12. Student artwork and other materials will also be ready to be taken home.
Will diplomas be distributed on June 12?
At the present time, we plan to mail diplomas and graduation programs on June 18. However, students can pick up their academic and athletic awards on June 12.
Will yearbooks be distributed?
We hope so. Because of COVID-19 related production delays, we are still not certain when they will arrive at RBR. In the event they are not available, we will develop an alternate distribution plan.
When will the virtual commencement ceremony take place? Do I need to be at school?
In order to maximize our celebration, we will be releasing our virtual commencement video on Wednesday, June 17 to correspond with other activities occurring in Red Bank, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury. The virtual program will include important aspects of our traditional ceremony, including music and student speeches. Please stay tuned for details.
Why is an in-person graduation currently not being scheduled?
Given the current guidelines mandated by Gov. Murphy, the graduation options for in-person programs starting July 6 remain impractical. With the 25 person limit in place, we would have to conduct over 40 micro graduation programs for cohorts of eight students. When the guidelines are modified, we have plans in place for a robust in-person celebration at the end of July with an event that includes as many students, family members, and staff as possible.
Why not plan for an in-person graduation in July and skip the virtual program in June?
Given the unpredictability of the current health crisis, we have concluded that it is best to proceed with a commencement program that occurs in June in order to celebrate the achievements of all of our Seniors. A number of our students have plans in place that will prevent them from participating in a ceremony later in the summer. Our goal is to include everyone in our program, recognizing their hard work at the conclusion of this unprecedented school year.
What should we do if our family does not have access to a car?
Please reach out to us immediately and we will arrange for transportation for you and your family.
We know the current crisis has hit our Seniors and their families especially hard. We will continue to monitor updates from Gov. Murphy and other authorities to determine if additional activities can be planned later in the summer. All the best everyone and congratulations to the Class of 2020.
Louis Moore, Superintendent
Julius Clark, Principal