Superintendent's Message 5/27/20

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Dear Lawrence Families,

We are aware of Governor Murphy’s announcement yesterday that he will allow high school commencement events after July 6, 2020. Reportedly, he will issue restrictions for such events sometime this week.

In light of the governor’s announcement, are our plans for a virtual graduation and photo op changing? No, they are not. We are moving forward with what is planned and with what was shared with you in my letter on May 20th. (see below photo op and virtual commencement ceremony plans)

Once we learn the governor’s restrictions for what is allowed after July 6th, we will take another look. If we can, we may proceed with some sort of graduation observance. At the moment, I can’t say what that may look like. No matter what, we will focus on what is safe and best for our students.

The governor’s recent announcement is yet another example of how things change quickly during this pandemic. As we’ve said all along, we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and support. With us, we are #LawrenceStrong.

With gratitude,


Senior Cap and Gown Photo Op: Seniors will have the opportunity for a cap and gown photo opportunity on LHS’s football field. Graduating seniors may bring no more than two adults to take photographs of them as they walk across a decorated stage where the principal, Mr. Adam, will be stationed to congratulate them. Professional photos will also be taken. Students will be given detailed directions along with a scheduled arrival and departure time. Senior Chromebooks will be collected at this time, so bring your Chromebook and power cord. Social distancing will be strictly enforced for everyone’s health and safety. (June 19, rain date June 18)

Virtual Commencement Ceremony for LHS Class of 2020: Our professionally produced virtual graduation will honor all our seniors and include the following: student speakers, the principal’s address, student performances, individual names and photos of each senior, the presentation of the senior class by the LTPS superintendent and the conferral of diplomas by the LTPS Board of Education president. The virtual graduation ceremony will be posted on the LHS/LTPS websites and run on the LTPS cable channel. (June 19, 7:00 pm)