HOLMDEL, NJ - Below is a letter today from the Superintendent to Holmdel families:
Dear Holmdel Families,
I wanted to give you an update on where we stand regarding graduation ceremonies.
We are putting together plans for both an in-person and a virtual ceremony. Naturally, we must follow the restrictions outlined in various executive orders from the governor as well as the guidance we have received from the New Jersey Department of Education. Here’s where we stand:
Governor Murphy recently agreed that drive-in and drive-through events are permitted so long as social distancing measures are followed. Currently, the administrative team is focused on planning virtual graduation ceremonies for both W.R. Satz School 8th graders and the Holmdel High School Class of 2020. Our plan is to pre-produce videos which will be “streamed” on June 18th, per the school calendar. These virtual graduation ceremonies will be steeped in the same traditions that you would expect from an in- person ceremony. We are also working to plan a vehicular procession for our high school graduates that would take place on June 18th ahead of the ceremony broadcast. We will share production, livestream viewing and procession details soon.
Additionally, we remain cautiously optimistic that in-person graduation ceremonies can be held later this summer. As such, we have reserved our usual venue (Brookdale Community College) to host the W.R. Satz School and Holmdel High School graduations on August 4, 2020. In-person graduations require current executive orders to be lifted or relaxed to allow for safe social gathering. Naturally, the health and safety of our staff, students and families remains our highest priority.
We appreciate your patience as we pivot to plan and provide the most meaningful celebrations for our students and their families. More information will be shared with you soon as we finalize details for these important events.
Yours in education,
Robert A. McGarry, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools