April 6, 2020
Posted by Marcie Cheatham on 4/6/2020
An Announcement Regarding 2020 Graduation From:
Bay School District - Bobby Hutchison, Superintendent
Brookland School District - Keith McDaniel, Superintendent
Buffalo Island School District - Gaylon Taylor, Superintendent
Greene County Tech School District - Gene Weeks, Superintendent
Jonesboro School District - Kim Wilbanks, Superintendent
Nettleton School District - James Dunivan, Superintendent
Paragould School District - Debbie Smith, Superintendent
Riverside School District - Jeff Priest, Superintendent
Valley View School District - Bryan Russell, Superintendent
Westside School District - Scott Gaunt, Superintendent
April 6, 2020
Earlier today, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 virus upon our country, our state, and our local communities, and in order to remain in compliance with recommendations from the Office of the President of the United States and national health organizations, public school districts in Arkansas will remain closed for the foreseeable future, thereby bringing an end to the 2019-2020 school year.
Local school districts will now begin sharing plans with their teachers, parents, and students on how to complete any unfinished business for the school year effectively, efficiently, and as soon as possible. As Superintendents of the local school districts, we understand the importance of these tasks, but we also understand the sensitive nature of ending the year so abruptly, and under such downhearted and challenging conditions. We recognize the unprecedented circumstances that we are all facing in education and are working diligently to make decisions that are both thoughtful and respectful. However, at all times these decisions must ensure the integrity of our learning environments and the health of our school patrons. As such, we have come to a joint decision that as of today, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 are postponed indefinitely.
We do not make this decision lightly or without the deepest consideration for our seniors and their families. We know the commitment and achievement that high school graduation symbolizes and do not wish to lessen the significance of this milestone due to the lack of a ceremony. Even though we may not be able to ceremoniously say “good-bye” as we have before, this in no way minimizes the pride and confidence we have in our graduating seniors...they are more than ready to go out and be the change in our world!
We thank you all for your understanding. Until we see you again, we wish our school families, and especially the Class of 2020, to be strong and be well.