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Dear parents, guardians, and KSS grade 12 students,
As was true through the Spring of 2020, celebrating the completion of our Grads' journey through their school years remains a priority for our school community. At this time, we do not anticipate being able to gather in a group of over 3000 people at Trinity Baptist Church in a live ceremony, and we will move forward with planning a virtual ceremony which will be live-released on YouTube for our students and their families until a formal decision is made by the District. Overwhelmingly, the feedback from 2020 families and grads after viewing our recorded ceremonies was positive. Students who are in a calculable position to graduate have had a $75 Grad fee added to their online student accounts. These fees are meant to cover the costs associated with a recorded and streamed ceremony, including but not limited to: production cost, souvenir cap, gown and stole, keepsake diploma and 5" x 7" grad photo, staging and decorations, security, etc. For equity, the three largest high schools in the district have all confirmed that their grad fees are in alignment.
On April 9, we will be posting an online sign-up for grads and a maximum of four family members to come to KSS over the weekend of June 5-6 to attend a brief, formal stage-crossing. A Covid-19 safety plan will be distributed in advance to protect the health of students and their families, as well as KSS staff members who will be volunteering. Students will receive their keepsake caps and gowns in advance, and this will allow grads and families to take photos and record this special occasion with creativity.
Despite our previous announcement, we will be recording all stage-crossings and broadcasting a formal production on Thursday, June 24 that will contain valedictory addresses, messages from our school principal, district officials, dignitaries, stage-crossings, as well as a variety of celebrations of our graduates throughout their time at KSS. Please monitor the Whoo's News for a call for photographs and submissions over the next few months.
We look forward to celebrating and honouring your graduates with you in June.