The Riverview Learning Center
Class of 2020 Graduation Information
On Monday, June 8, 2020, the Riverview Learning Center will be hosting a Commencement Car Processional for the Class of 2020. A message from Principal John Bomar to Riverview Learning Center seniors and families follows.
Dear RLC Families of Graduating Seniors:
Given the state of Washington’s guidelines on graduations, we have decided that the best way to honor our students is with the “Drive Through” Procession allowed by OSPI and the Washington State Department of Health, clarifying how the Governor Inslee’s Rules apply. This option does allow students to get out of the house and participate in an event where they can see their classmates and families, from their vehicles*.
This option comes with several requirements set out by the WSDH which we have adapted for our site at RLC.
- Graduating Seniors and their immediate family members who are staying at home together, should arrive at RLC for the drive through procession. No commingling of friends or families in the car with the graduate.
- Parents/guardians are expected to drive their student and experience the celebration with them.
- Students and their family must remain in the car and the student should be in the passenger seat.
- As students are driven through the designated route, the student’s name will be announced over an outdoor audio system. As the vehicle approaches the presentation area, the student only will be allowed to get out of the vehicle and retrieve their graduation kit (Diploma, Senior Gift, Etc.) from the table. At this point, photos of students may be taken from the vehicle with School Board Members, the Superintendent, and RLC Principal. Social distancing is still in place.
- There may be no person-to-person contact during any ceremony. Individuals may not hand students’ diplomas, or any other items, or shake graduates’ hands. If a family feels uncomfortable with their student exiting the vehicle. A Board Member will hand the student’s graduation kit to them with fully extended arm. All precautions are being put in place by staff, including masks, gloves, and social distancing, to make this exchange as safe as possible.
- This is not an event open to the community or other RLC Families besides that of the Graduating Senior. A link to watch a livestream of the Graduates Processional online will be made available.
The route (See map provided below):
- Students will enter through the West Entrance of the Riverview Ancillary Program Parking lot entrance where they will directed to park by a staff member and a pre assigned disinfected number will be put under their wind shield wiper which will be used to identify the student for announcing their name during the procession. The number needs visible to staff.
- The vehicles will park as directed in the RAP parking lot facing the screen so they may watch the Graduation Procession of other students.
- When the graduation procession begins, one car at a time will be directed to leave the wrap parking lot following blue arrows on the attached map and enter the RLC parking lot.
- Once they stop at the front of the RLC entrance, only the graduate may exit the vehicle and retrieve their graduation kit from the table. This will allow a socially distanced picture to be taken from the vehicle that will include appropriate district dignitaries.
- The Senior will reenter the car and exit the parking lot following the yellow arrows on the attached map. You may reenter the RAP parking lot at the back if you wish to see the rest of the graduate procession by following staff directions for parking and moving forward.
- Once the graduate’s vehicle leaves the RLC parking lot the next vehicle will be allowed to enter the Procession.
Now for the fun stuff:
- Students are encouraged to decorate their cars if they would like. School appropriate please!
- For the first time in RLC history, and maybe the only time, students will be allowed to decorate their graduation caps. Again, school appropriate please!
- We will begin the celebration with students arriving in the RAP parking lot starting at 6:30 PM June 8th.
- If we run out of room in the RAP parking lot, we will cue up in the Carnation Elementary parking lot; please follow staff instructions when parking and moving forward during the Graduate Procession.
- The Graduate Procession starts at 7:00.
- We will be streaming live through social media for viewing by those not in the vehicle with the Graduate. More information and a link to come.
- After the Graduate Procession, leaving campus in your car signifies the end of the ceremony/processional. There will be no school activities in town and families are encouraged to continue to follow state guidance in all areas applicable to COVID-19 limitations for social interaction after graduation.
Students, we know this is not what all of you anticipated for your graduation. It is not what any of us; parents, staff, friends, family, wanted for you. Believe us when we say our staff enjoy the graduation celebration every bit as much as you do. Over your three, four, or sometimes more years we have worked with, sweated with, and cried with you as you have accomplished this milestone. So, although this feels like a bit of a loss for all of us, we believe this will give us a chance to celebrate your accomplishment together. We hope that each of you will take this opportunity to let us honor you and see you graduate.
We know one thing for sure, this graduation procession will be unforgettable as this is a very, very, unique time in the history of the world.
*If you know a family who has a graduating senior and cannot participate because they do not have a car, please contact Mr. Bomar or Mrs. Volpentesta.
Washington State Department of Health Guidelines:
The Washington State Department of Health is very specific on what is and is not allowed. Some of their requirements which we had to consider are below:
- In-Person ceremonies with audiences are not safe whether indoors or outside. Ceremonies held outside in stadiums or football fields are not allowed, regardless of ability to social/physically distance.
- High risk populations should stay home.
- People who have COVID-19 or who are in close contact with someone who has COVID19, must remain at home in isolation or quarantine.
- People must stay home if they feel sick.
- Each vehicle may contain only members from a single household who are not sick (no comingling of families or friends within a vehicle).
- For a full statement of the WSDH requirements, refer to:
RLC Commencement Processional Map