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Dear Cutthroat Families,
On May 31, our seniors will officially graduate from Sun Valley Community School. As you read in Ben’s recent email, current circumstances are such that we are limited to a car line diploma pick-up at school, with a larger ceremony for graduates and their families later this summer. It is not what any of us imagined, but we have been thinking of ways to infuse it with some fun and celebration, and to share it with you all in some way. Here is our plan:
Sunday morning, the seniors will finish receiving their diplomas and will be in the parking lot at school with their immediate families in their cars, which will be decorated to celebrate the day. After the diplomas are conferred, which will conclude between 11-11:30 a.m., seniors and their families will join a line of cars led by police officers from Sun Valley and Ketchum on a short parade through town. The route will be as follows:
+ Left out of school up Dollar Rd.
+ Left on Sun Valley Rd. and into town
+ Right on Main St.
+ Right on Saddle Rd. and back to school!
We invite you and yours to come celebrate and cheer them on! Please arrange yourselves along the parade route at a safe distance from one another and honor the Stay Healthy Order as set forth by Idaho Rebounds and the Governor's Office in order to ensure the safety of our community.
Feel free to make a poster to hold up, wear your best Cutthroat gear, bring a noisemaker, or just bring your loudest outside voice!
We hope to see you on Sunday so we can send our amazing seniors off in style and show them some Cutthroat love!
Your End-of-Year Committee
In order to create a smooth process that honors the existing social distancing safety guidelines established by the CDC, SCPHD, and Idaho Rebounds, we ask that all families please take the following "Stay Healthy" steps when participating in SVCS events:
- If you are currently experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, or have in the past 72 hours, DO NOT PARTICIPATE. Symptoms include: fever of 100.4 F or more, sore throat, muscle/body aches, chills, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of smell or taste, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- As recommended by the Stage 3 protocols of the Idaho Rebounds plan, the CDC, and South Central District Health Department, please keep your group to fewer than 50 people, wear a mask when you are around others, and remain at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your immediate family.
More Necessary Words of Caution
Our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our community members. As we are able to come together again (in small ways in the weeks and months ahead or when school is on campus again), please be mindful that we all need to manage and mitigate risk and establish a responsible standard of care for all events and programming at the school. While we cannot eliminate all risk from COVID-19, we can be thoughtful.
SVCS requires all participants who attend school-sponsored activities or who access any of the SVCS physical campuses to strictly observe those preventative measures which have been prescribed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Such measures include social distancing of six feet, the use of facial masks or coverings, frequent hand washing, disinfection protocols and limits on crowd size. While these measures might minimize risk of exposure, participants should understand their participation could still result in exposure to COVID-19 and possible illness. In the event that someone in the school community does not want to undertake this risk, please contact the school administration to make alternative plans related to school offerings, graduation/end-of-year ceremonies, or the drop-off and pick-up of materials from the school. Those individuals attending the graduation ceremony, participating in summer outdoor trips, or enrolling in summer programming will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk/Release of Liability Agreement which will be distributed in the near future.
Our standards of care protocols for reopening various parts of our program are in line with the State's Idaho Rebounds criteria and the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations. Please continue to support the Stay Healthy orders in place and respect the need for caution and restraint as we navigate these unfamiliar waters. We appreciate your understanding and support.