CLARK, NJ –  Superintendent of Schools, Ed Grande is revising plans to acknowledge  the many graduates in the community after a letter from N.J. State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan was released Saturday  reminding school administrators that holding any graduation  related activities and inviting people to gather would be in direct violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107.

“While we obviously appreciate the need to put safety first, we are very disappointed that we will not be able to hold the in-person, socially-distanced ceremony that we were planning for,” said Grande.  “We will now need to move towards planning for a virtual ceremony.  If we are by some chance fortunate enough to see this restriction lifted during the summer, we will look forward to celebrating with our high school graduates face-to-face and in real-time.”

While expressing disappointment in the change of plans,  Grande took time to praise students at the heart of the situation, “Nothing can change the fact that we have a superior group of kids across our schools and the different grade levels, and we will work tirelessly to provide them with the recognition that they deserve as we are and always will be Crusader Strong.”

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The Superintendent confirmed that all May and June school activities have been canceled in accordance with the state’s directive and  offered thanks to the community.  “Many thanks for your ongoing trust, patience, and flexibility. Being with good people like yourselves makes a challenging time like now that much easier. As always, we will be sure to share any possible changes or updates as they arise,” said Grande in his email to parents Monday afternoon.

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