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May 21, 2020 UPDATE: Grad Drive 2020 - Details for Seniors
May 8, 2020 Graduation Update:
Dear Medford School District Senior Families,
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in our survey regarding options for graduation! We took your feedback to heart and talked it over with some of our seniors to come up with a graduation plan we hope fulfills some of our seniors’ wishes. These are extraordinary times, and we are heartbroken as educators when we consider all the traditions our senior class is having to do differently than ever before. It is a real loss, and we are sorry seniors are going through it.
The day after our survey was sent out, the Oregon Health Authority, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education, issued new guidelines for graduations. The new guidelines allow for gatherings of 24 (with social distancing in place) for high school graduations.
Through the survey feedback and in talking to seniors about all the options, the following priorities rose to the top for graduation:
Given those priorities, we have put together a four-pronged plan to celebrate the Class of 2020 (all events will accommodate social distancing and masks are encouraged):
Grad Drive (May 29 - Time TBD)
To honor the MSD tradition of “Grad Walk” (seniors wear caps and gowns and walk the halls of their elementary and middle schools) and the popularity of the parade option in our survey, the MSD will host “Grad Drive” for the Class of 2020! Seniors will have the opportunity to ride through town in school buses (10 per bus for social distancing) and visit their old elementary and middle schools, ending the drive at their respective high schools. Teachers and staff will stand outside of the schools with signs to greet and offer congratulations to the Class of 2020. A parade route will be published.
Class of 2020 Diploma Walks (May 30 for South and North High/June 4 for Central - Times TBD)
In response to feedback from seniors to provide an opportunity for them to be together to the extent possible as allowed by health authorities and to provide a sense of closure at the originally scheduled graduation date when all classmates are available to participate, the MSD will host Diploma Walks at each of our schools. Here’s what you can expect, many details still in the works:
A Tribute to Seniors: Gather at-home with your family and watch your school’s tribute to the Class of 2020. (May 30 for South and North High/June 4 for Central - Evening, Time TBD)
To provide elements of a traditional graduation ceremony and honor seniors’ wishes for a sense of closure on the originally scheduled date when all classmates are available to participate, schools will produce tributes to seniors:
A Community Celebration of the Class of 2020! (Later Date TBD - when restrictions are lifted)
To honor seniors’ wishes for a full class gathering when health restrictions are lifted, the MSD will set a date for each Class of 2020 to gather on their respective fields in cap and gown to create a life-size “Class of 2020” with their classmates.
This may not take the place of a traditional ceremony, but we hope it helps our seniors feel honored and loved and gives families and the community an opportunity to celebrate our Class of 2020. We know you probably have lots of questions and we will work to answer them as we work on the logistics of these events. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for your support,
Amy Herbst, Central Medford High School Principal
Dan Smith, North Medford High School Principal
Donnie Frazier South Medford High School Principal
NEW! Meals on the Move - Weekend Edition
Available at all regular meal service sites and bus stops EVERY Friday!
Come to one of our Hot Meal school sites or our Meals on the Move Bus sites to pick up three lunches and three breakfasts to take home. Menus will include safe "heat at-home" instructions for delicious and nutritious meals.
Enjoy this new service for children 1-18 as part of the ongoing partnerships between MSD, Sodexo and First Student during our current crisis.
We suggest bringing something to easily transport these meals home like a backpack, bag or box.
A "dry" breakfast (for the next day) will be served at lunch from 11:00AM - 12:30PM.
Locations are as follows:
NEW: The Ruch community can now access cold lunch pickups Monday - Friday at the following times:
McKee Bridge Trailer Park at 12:00
Bolder City at 12:30
Visitors are asked to enter through designated doors, pick up a meal from the cafeteria and then take the meal to go. Gathering inside the school will be discouraged. We are grateful to our MSD staff who are volunteering to staff the sites!
Medford School District custodial staff will be cleaning before and after each meal.
MSD Meals on the Move
A partnership between the Medford School District (MSD), Sodexo, and First Student to provide free and accessible meals to students in neighborhoods throughout the Medford School District boundaries. MSD Meals on the Move operates starting Wednesday, April 22. Buses will arrive around 11 AM and stay until 12:15 PM. Social distancing will be observed and all buses will be cleaned daily.
Locations can be found at www.medford.k12.or.us/mealsonthemove