ASHLAND – “I am deeply saddened for the Class of 2020. I can not put into words how I feel for the students and families of the Class of 2020,” write Ashland public schools Superintendent Jim Adams in an email to families on April 24.
“I promise that while we will not be able to conduct the ‘traditional’ exercises like Class Day, Senior Week, or Graduation, the administrative team led by (principal) St. Coeur is working tirelessly to come up with a plan that will appropriately honor and celebrate the Class of 2020. We do not know what this will look like yet,” wrote Adams.
“We have received dozens of recommendations from parents and community members, I ask, however, that you allow Ms. St. Coeur to do her research, conduct conversations with the Class of 2020, and ultimately follow the guidance coming from the Commissioner’s office. Ms. St. Coeur has and always will do what is best for students. Of this, I have no doubt,” wrote Adams.
The Superintendent said “whatever recommendation is made will be done with careful thought, consideration, and deliberation with students, families, faculty, and staff.”
“There are numerous logistics that need to be worked out so please be patient while we focus on solving these issues,” said Supt. Adams. “In addition, we still do not know if and when a large gathering of people can take place on school property. Right now school buildings are closed through June 2020, and we have not received guidance on how to allow for graduation exercises where social distancing can take place.”