Dear Olpe High School Seniors and Parents,
In May, we informed you about the postponement of our graduation ceremony that was scheduled for May 16th. After multiple meetings and with Lyon County Health Department officials and several revisions to the plan, they approved a plan on Monday that will allow us to move forward with a ceremony on June 20, 2020 with several restrictions as safety continues to be the priority.
The formal ceremony will be held at the Olpe High School football field and will begin at 11:00 a.m. We are still required to maintain social distancing and are limited to the number of individuals in attendance. As a result, only parents of graduates are allowed.The ceremony will be viewable through KVOE’s live stream. This will allow any of your extended family and/or friends to view it from wherever they may live. (The ceremony will be moved to the parking lot north of the new addition of the school if the field is wet or muddy; in case of inclement weather, we will move to our alternative plan that includes a virtual element and a personalized diploma presentation. More details will follow if necessary – the decision will be made a day prior to the event based on the forecast).
As you and your graduate arrive, we ask you enter from Kansas Street, by the practice football field and park in the parking lot north of the playing field. Assigned staff will greet you at the stadium entrance (north side of the football field) and will escort you to our designated seating area.We invite you to bring your own chairs for comfortable seating.
Our graduation will have all aspects of our traditional ceremony. Parents of graduates are asked to remain seated as moving to other locations during the ceremony to take pictures etc. is not permitted. We have hired a photographer to capture the event and will make these pictures available to parents of graduates at no cost. In addition, a video of the day’s event will also be given to each graduate. After the conclusion of the ceremony, each graduate and their parents will be escorted back to their vehicles. Law enforcement will then lead seniors and their parents through Olpe in a car procession so that our community can celebrate them from their porches, etc.
Public Health Officials have asked us to remind each of you to follow the social distancing guidelines as you participate in our event or plan and prepare personal graduation events. Please be wise in your personal decision making as you plan parties and celebrations to honor our graduates. Our safety partners for this event include Lyon County Public Health and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and they wish you the best in your future endeavors!
Seniors will need to attend our graduation practice that will take place at 9:00am on Friday, June 19.Students will need to make arrangements to attend. Students will need to park in the east parking lot and report directly to the football field. Graduates are asked to bring their cap/gown/tassel/stole to the graduation practice so that we can take pictures etc. Graduates and only required staff will be allowed to attend.Olpe State Bank will host a senior graduation recognition meal following our practice.
As always, I am available if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience as we work to give students the celebration they deserve, given the constraints of our current situation.
Shane Clark, Olpe EC-12 Principal