NEW CUTLINE Plans for graduations that abide by provincial health guidelines are underway, says Scott Stinson, superintendent for the Sooke School District. (Pixabay)

SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson says grade 12 students who are in a position to graduate at present will be able to do so, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

Grad celebration expectations stay flexible in Sooke School District

SD62 prepared to craft videos during pandemic protocols

Graduation across Vancouver Island is probably not going to slip back into its expected routine this June.

But at least one school district is telling grads to be ready to grab what the pandemic gives you. Innovation on the fly will shape graduation events for students in the Sooke School District.

School grad committees are coming up with ways to celebrate that abide by current provincial COVID-19 guidelines, said SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson.

“With tight deadlines, they need to plan and prepare now for the events at the end of spring,” Stinson said. Schools sent out the timelines to parents earlier this year so they would also be prepared for the shifts in plans that may take place.

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Current plans include each graduation class having a professional video made, which will contain speeches and messages from the class valedictorian, little anecdotes about the students, photos, and more for the graduates to share with their families, Stinson explained.

“Planning for the convocation is underway taking into account that guidelines may shift again by then,” he noted. “The committees are remaining somewhat flexible with their plans so that they can make the best graduation for their classmates during this unusual year.”

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

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