UNION, NJ – In a letter to the Union High School Class of 2020, Interim Principal Mark Hoyt said plans for senior activities, including awards night, prom, Project Graduation, and graduation, are being reviewed and tentative contingency plans have been established.
Hoyt said if schools reopen this year without restrictions, all activities, except the senior class trip, will take place as originally scheduled:
- Senior Awards – Monday, May 18
- Senior Prom – Thursday, June 11
- Graduation – Wednesday, June 24
- Project Graduation – Wednesday, June 24
However, Hoyt said, if schools do not open, contingency plans may include:
- The Senior Awards ceremony will be a virtual event and awards will be mailed to recipients. The date has yet to be determined.
- The Senior Prom will be postponed until Tuesday, July 21
- Graduation will be postponed until Thursday, July 23, with a rain date of Friday, July 24
- Graduation practice and the senior brunch will occur on Wednesday, July 22
- Time for yearbook signing will be provided
- The senior class trip to Dave & Buster’s has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued to those students who paid for the trip.
Hoyt said if large gatherings are not permitted in that timeframe, the senior prom and Project Graduation will be cancelled for July and an alternative format for graduation will be used. If this change become necessary, more details about graduation will be provided. Refunds will be provided to those students who have already paid for prom, and a portion of senior dues will be refunded.
Distribution of senior class t-shirts, yearbooks and caps and gowns will be determined at a later date, closer to the end of the school year, said Hoyt. He added students should keep in mind that all students must meet New Jersey graduation requirements to receive their cap and gown.
“A final decision that takes into consideration the health and welfare of our staff and students will be made by Monday, June 1,” read Hoyt’s letter. He added all decisions are contingent upon federal, state and local recommendations and will be in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and Senior Class Advisors.
“We all recognize how difficult this is and realize that much of it is disappointing for so many of you that have worked hard and have been looking forward to these events,” said Hoyt. “We will continue to be here for you.”