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Virtual Graduation FAQ

June 3, 2020

LIVESTREAM Information Update!

NLMUSD YouTube Channel for Virtual Graduation - LIVE FEED

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWINlQKBSNIh5Z6E9E-hozQ


NLMUSD Facebook Watch Party

https://www.facebook.com/NLMUSD/

 

May 27, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent:

Dear Seniors and Parents, 
 
In my last communication regarding graduation, I shared our plans about honoring our seniors by holding virtual graduations. I am writing to you to confirm our plans of moving forward with virtual graduations.
 
In addition, last night, the Board of Education explored the possibility of car parades or drive-through graduations, which were just authorized by the County Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Office of Education under very strict guidelines. However, the idea of drive-through graduations was not endorsed by the Board of Education due to safety concerns and potential exposure to COVID-19 for our students, families, and staff.
 
Based on student survey results whereby 77% of our students had indicated their desire to postpone their graduation until it is safe to have a traditional graduation, the Board of Education decided to reassess and revisit the prospect of an in-person graduation for the Class of 2020 at a later date.
 
Please be advised that the safety and health of our students and families remain our top priority. Thank you for your support and understanding.
 
Congratulations Class of 2020! You make us proud.  
 
Sincerely, Hasmik Danielian, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Virtual Graduation Dates:

June 12
El Camino HS 4 p.m.
Adult School 5:30 p.m.
Norwalk HS 7 p.m.
 
June 13
Southeast Academy HS 9 a.m.
John Glenn HS 1 p.m.
La Mirada HS 3 p.m.
 
LIVESTREAM Information Coming Soon...
Q: Is there a possibility of having an in-person graduation in the future?
A: Yes. We are mindful of the safety guidelines, and should the social distancing measures lift and guidelines are adjusted, the Board of Education will consider having an in-person graduation ceremony at a later time.
 
Q: What is a virtual graduation?
A: A virtual graduation is an alternative way, in lieu of the in-person graduation, to provide high schools a platform to celebrate the graduates. It will be premiered on a number of livestreams, providing a personalized recognition of each graduate, as well as including performances and speeches from students, staff, Superintendent and Board Members.
 
Q: Why was the decision made to conduct a virtual graduation?
A: The decision to have the virtual graduation was due to the COVID-19 closures and social distance guidelines provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), LA County Public Health and LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education). We deeply care about the safety of our students, staff and guests. Additionally, a virtual graduation provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students and their accomplishments at each of our high schools promptly around the end of the school year.
 
Q: Typically, you can only bring a limited number of guests/families to a graduation ceremony. How many guests can participate in a virtual graduation?
A: There is no limit to the number of guests and families for a virtual graduation. Anyone with the link can view and in some cases participate in the audience with comments and emojis.
 
Q: I don’t have internet access to view the livestream of a virtual graduation so how do I view the virtual graduation?
A: Each graduation ceremony will be recorded, therefore you will be able to view at any time and have as a keepsake.
 
Q: Why are some other school districts having “in-person” graduations?
A: We cannot provide an answer on behalf of other school districts. Different Counties have varying guidelines and restrictions. We are adhering to the guidelines provided by the CDC, LA County Public Health, and LACOE which states, "All in-person graduation ceremonies, including use of cars for drive-in graduations (even if one student at a time), are considered public gatherings and are therefore prohibited."