Hollis Brookline High School News – May 2020

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Graduation: We believe that guidance offered by the New Hampshire Department of Education on May 5, 2020 provides the framework for a safe in-person graduation experience that adheres to social distancing requirements as outlined in Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order 16. Additionally, the physical layout of our campus and number of graduates lends itself well to the guidance and order referenced above.   

The school board approved a new graduation date of June 12 at 5 PM. Rain dates are Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM and if necessary, Sunday, June 14 at 10 AM. We are excited to announce that this will be a highly modified, in-person event at our usual location on the LAX Field. A formal proposal has been submitted to the Department of Education. Once it has been reviewed, we will share the full details with the families of seniors. Knowing that this news will generate a lot of questions, we are prepared to share the following information with you now:

Graduates and families will be seated together in Pods of 3 (1 Graduate and 2 Parents) in predetermined spots on the LAX Field. No other guests will be allowed. There will be six feet of social distancing on all sides of each pod. This configuration keeps us well under the current guidelines offered by the NH Department of Education as well as the executive order issued by the governor.

In order to limit contact, we will ask parents to stand and hand their child the diploma when their name is announced. Diplomas will be placed in advance of everyone’s arrival. 

All participants must wear their own mask at all times while on the property. We will encourage students to appropriately decorate their PPE as many do with their graduation caps. 

The ceremony will end in a motor parade of seniors with a well-advertised route that runs through both Hollis and Brookline so seniors can say farewell to two incredibly supportive towns.

The event will be live streamed over the internet. We recognize the decision on whether to attend the in-person event is a highly personal choice for each family. The live stream is another way we encourage families to participate if they do not come to the in-person event. All names of graduates will be called. This will allow for families to follow along with our ceremony from home. 

More info to come regarding return of materials and the handing out of caps and gowns. 

We understand this may not answer all questions but wanted families to have the overview now. Please stay tuned as many more details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.  As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts with this type of event. 

Virtual Guitar Night:  Somehow it seems appropriate for Guitar night to become a senior event activity to be shared by all students. The event kicks off on the official last day for seniors, May 22. There will also be shows on May 23 & 24.

Virtual Senior Awards Night: A lot of effort has already been put into this annual tradition. The event will take place on Thursday May 28 of Senior Week. 

Spring Play: We will end senior week with the virtual production of Trap on May 29 & 30. Students have been hard at work in modifying the script with the writer of the play so that it can be offered remotely. 

Prom:  The Prom has been rescheduled for July 23. We will decide on June 1 whether we are keeping that date. Holding Prom under social distancing requirements is relatively impossible given the current guidelines as there are many elements that make it very different from a graduation ceremony.  If nothing has changed on June 1, we will look to old a Prom/Reunion at the same venue for the class of 2020, possibly in November. 

Class Day:   Because these awards are traditionally given to students in grades 9-11, we anticipate holding the ceremony in the fall when we are hopefully back to school.  These students will also receive the acknowledgment they have worked hard for and deserve. As such, it makes sense to wait as they will be with us next year.