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Medomak High announces graduation plans

By Christine Simmonds | May 15, 2020

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley High School has announced their plans for 2020 graduation in a letter from Principal Linda Pease, sent out May 14.

According to Pease, the events will be a senior parade in place of a Baccalaureate ceremony, and a drive-in graduation ceremony.

The parade will begin at Warren Community School at 4 p.m. June 7. It will proceed down Route 131, Route 90, Route 1 and Manktown Road. The parade will end at Medomak Valley High School. The letter says law enforcement will be assisting the procedure.

Guidelines for the parade state that “students and any family members are allowed one vehicle on the property of Warren Community School for entrance into the parade.”

Pease said participants are encouraged to decorate the vehicle, but it is not required.

Pease said those wishing to view the parade “are invited to line the above route in vehicles.” She adds that law enforcement requests families participating in the parade and community members viewing it remain inside their vehicles, and only vehicles participating in the parade will be allowed on the high school campus. High school staff will “line the driveway in their vehicles as a send off to graduates.”

Pease said any family in need of a vehicle for the parade should contact Medomak Valley High School front office at 832-5389.

The drive-in graduation ceremony will occur at 4 p.m. June 10 at Medomak Valley High School, with a rain date of June 11 at the same time. Designated parking spaces will be at least six feet apart.

Vehicles and their occupants must remain the parking spaces for the ceremony, as graduates will be walking in the parking lot to receive their diplomas.

Families must remain in the vehicles at all times with the doors closed, and cloth masks must be worn if windows are rolled down.

Graduates and parents/guardians must wear a cloth mask when out of the vehicle, unless they qualify for an exemption.

Restrooms will be available for public use, with social distancing guidelines.

Pease said, “Diplomas and awards will be presented one at a time to graduates by their parents/guardians who have accompanied them to the stage.”

According to the letter, the school is looking into live streaming graduation. Both events will be recorded as part of a video given to the class of 2020 at a later date.

Pease said the parking lot will be open at 2 p.m., but reminded families they must stay in their vehicle. She recommended families bring their own snacks and drinks.

Families are asked to be in one vehicle, but Pease said, “family dynamics may determine the need for two vehicles.”

Pease said the plans were created by Medomak Valley High School administration, the staff graduation committee and MVHS honor graduates and follow all guidelines put forth by Gov. Janet Mills and Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin.

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