High school board: Graduation details may change due to rain

‘I’ve told students not to plan their parties for that day’

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ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School graduation is planned for Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m. on the football field, but rain the forecast may change that, Principal Chris Lewis said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. 

“I’ve told students not to plan their parties for that day in case it gets moved or we have to wait around,” Lewis said. “It will run in light rain if we have to. The alert now system with texts and social media posts will be used to convey plans to students. We will try again Sunday at 1 p.m. if it rains all day Saturday. 

Due to the state moving into the COVID-19 Bridge phase, tickets for each family have been increased from four to seven. 

Plans for masking and distancing guidelines have not been finalized yet and Lewis said the school is waiting for clearer guidance. Superintendent Jason Harper said other county schools have required masks in the stands, but not on the field due to the ability to distance. 

RTHS students had their end of year assembly May 18 virtually. Final assessments are May 20, 21 and 24. Students with an A, B or C in their courses are not required to take them, Lewis said. Harper said RTHS is waiting on guidance for what school will look like next year, which will likely come in June. 

“Originally in phase 5 of reopening it was supposed to be back to school with no restrictions,” Harper said. “There will be a new definition of phase 5. Things may be tied to vaccinations. We just got into 12-15-year-olds and there are clinical trials going on now of those younger than 12. We will dig through it and continue to plan.”

“We want all of our kids back for as many minutes and days as we can.”

Employment

The board unanimously approved the hirings of Tyler Baker as volunteer assistant wrestling coach, Ryan McQuade as social studies teacher and head girls basketball coach, Holly Karner as social science teacher, Josh Fagan as physical education teacher and Andrea Swofford as art teacher. 

Resignation

The board unanimously approved the resignation of Amy Schweitzer as junior class advisor.