To the Class of 2020:
I am so sorry to announce that Governor Kate Brown announced today that schools in Oregon are closed through the end of the year. I can’t begin to express how difficult this is to digest as it pertains to you. These next two months were supposed to be reserved to celebrate and honor you and your accomplishments through 13 years of education. It was reserved for your Senior Prom, your Senior Spirit Games, your Senior Awards, reminiscing with your classmates of 13 years, and, ultimately, your graduation day. You have been stripped of these traditional rites of passage, and there is nothing about this situation that is fair. I am so sorry. We will be getting back to you on what we will be doing to try to salvage some of these important milestones.
This is not how I envisioned addressing you at this time in your high school career. You deserve better than this. Please know that you are the ones that are on everyone’s minds right now. You have put every bit of time, energy, and effort into this school and community that has been asked of you. You have managed the late nights, the difficult tests, the relationships, the homework after work, the heartbreaks, the setbacks, and the triumphs. You have found a way to balance all of the highs and lows and continued to forge on. You have navigated your way through the challenging gauntlet of high school and are worthy of being honored far more than from a social distance. My heart goes out to you and your families.
Silverton High School will be doing everything we can to find creative ways to honor you over the course of the next couple of months. We will keep you in the loop every step of the way. You represent the best of Silverton. You have made us proud.
Regarding the remaining two months of your education at Silverton High School, please see the bullet points below.
- Seniors in good standing (meaning on track to graduate and passing all classes as of March 13th) will be issued credit for classes in progress and will graduate on time.
- Seniors not in good standing as of March 13th will engage in flexible opportunities to recover credit and graduate on time. Teachers will focus efforts on getting you to a passing grade in classes that were not being passed on March 13th. You will have as many opportunities as needed to get to a passing grade.
- Each senior family will be contacted by April 30th to review any remaining expectations for each senior as well as opportunities for each senior student through the end of the school year.
- For information from Colt Gill, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oregon, related to Oregon high school seniors, please click here.