Mentor Schools Superintendent William Porter recently posted a video for district families announcing plans for the final quarter of the school year, including a move for the 2021 graduation ceremony.
In a typical year, the mentor schools use the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland to hold the graduation ceremony. Given that the facility is being used as a public vaccination clinic, the district is postponing its event Rocket Mortgage Field House.
“(W) We now have a new plan that keeps the same date,” Porter announced in the video. “We are currently planning to hold our graduation ceremony – with a limited audience – at Rocket Mortgage Field House, where the Cavaliers are playing.
“The number of attendees will ultimately come from the venue, which will be determined this coming May based on COVID-related guidelines and restrictions imposed by the state and the city.”
Porter urged 12th grade students and their families to keep up with the news and details of the graduation process.
This is the second year that the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected the district’s normal closure plans. Mentor’s 2020 graduation class was held in small, private ceremonies for each high school graduate over a period of several days Art center.
In the announcement, Porter also addressed the possible continuation of the completely removed learning option in the 2021-22 school year. He said the district sent a survey to parents and guardians on April 1 to measure general interest in keeping the remote option available, as well as initial data on how many students might choose the modality.
“We continue to provide quality education to more than 2,000 home-based students. We know this is an important option that many families may want to continue into the future,” said Porter.
He encouraged all families considering the online learning option to complete the survey so the district can plan appropriately.