Letter from GHS Principal, update on graduation activities

Please see the message from GHS Principal Michael Piscitelli:

Dear Members and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2020,

Below is detailed information about our graduation activities planned for the upcoming weeks. Please review and if you have any questions you can contact the High School Main Office at 861-8591 Ext 1000.

~ Mr. Piscitelli

Junior/Senior Awards Ceremony

The video for the Junior/Senior Awards ceremony is being created and will be released on June 10, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. on the GHS YouTube Channel.

Students receiving awards will receive an email notification about the event. The awards will be distributed at the Drive-by Graduation Walk on June 27.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Caps and Gowns will be distributed on Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16 (see the schedule below). We are asking that students wear their cap and gown to the Jericho Drive-In Graduation Ceremony on June 20 and to the Drive-by Graduation Walk on June 27.

If you need to purchase a cap and gown, please bring a check made payable to Jostens in the amount of $32.50 (to cover cap, gown, and tassel) on your pick-up day.

The caps and gowns will be distributed outside the High School by the Guidance Entrance. Students are asked to also drop off their Chromebooks and any remaining school materials (textbooks, library books, etc.) at a table by the High School main entrance. Please follow the schedule below:

Monday, June 15 Cap and Gown Pick-Up

Time  Last name beginning with
9:00-11:00 A-Droz
1:00-3:00  Dub – Kor

Tuesday, June 16 Cap and Gown Pick-UP

Time Last name beginning with
9:00-11:00  Kos – Ruc
1:00-3:00 Ruth – Z

Video Graduation Ceremony, Saturday, June 20

Jericho Drive-In
21 Jericho Rd.
Glenmont, NY 12077

What you need to know:

  • There is no rain date for the event so please plan for the weather.
  • This is a school event so all school rules are in effect including no use of alcohol or nicotine products
  • The Drive-In will open at 7:30 P.M. Vehicles will not be admitted prior to that time.
  • At the entrance, graduates will be checked off as they enter. Unless you were approved in advance to have multiple vehicles, all graduates are limited to one vehicle. Each vehicle should display the mailed parking pass.
  • Parking attendants will guide vehicles to ensure everyone has a parking spot.
  • Chairs will be set up to mark each spot, please park behind a chair.
  • Attendees are not allowed to select specific spots –parking attendants will direct where you are to park.
  • Graduates will be allowed to sit in front of their vehicle, wearing their cap, gown, and a mask. Students will be asked to stand at certain points during the ceremony.
  • Bathrooms will be open, but all guests must wear a mask when they exit their vehicle.
  • The concession stand will be open but guests will have to do online ordering and only one person from the vehicle can get the food.

We are excited about this upcoming event and can’t wait to see the kids. Please remember to be considerate of other guests and the parking attendants as they try to situate everyone so that it is an enjoyable experience for all. Please review and respect the Jericho Drive-In rules at the bottom of this letter, as we are guests.

Drive-Through Graduation Walk – Saturday, June 27

On June 27, graduates are invited (following the schedule below) to a drive-through graduation walk at the high school. There will be a stage directly in front of the main entrance to the high school Graduates will have the opportunity to walk the stage, receive their diploma, and have a professional picture taken. Graduates will also receive other materials including Senior Awards and Athletics Awards.

There is no rain date for the event so please plan for the weather. The schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday, June 27

Time Last name beginning with
9:00-10:00  A-Droz
10:00-11:00 Dub – Kor
11:00-12:00 Kos – Ruc
12:00-1:00 Ruth – Z

COVID-19 rules for Jericho Drive-In

Once I am inside the drive-in, how do I buy my favorite snacks/food?

Head to our website www.Jerichodrive-in.com Click on the online ordering button on the top left. Click on CONCESSION or ICE CREAM. Put all your favorite food/snacks in your cart. Head to the online checkout and pay. You will receive a text when your order is ready. One person will be allowed to get the food. Come to one of the concession doors labeled 1,2,3 or 4 and pick up your order.

Will the bathrooms be open?

Yes. As long as it doesn’t become an issue. We are hoping that the bathrooms will be for emergency use only. With that being said… Our bathroom will be no different than any grocery store, big-box store or any home-improvement store that is currently open for business. We will clean and sanitize the bathrooms at the beginning of each night, before intermission, after intermission and periodically throughout the night. Although we hope to keep the bathroom visits to a minimum, we do understand what a necessity they can be at one time or another. In order to avoid any issues with the restroom usage please adhere to the following rules… 1. Mask on when entering the restroom. 2. Only two people at a time in the bathroom. 3. Please form a line and keep at least a 6-foot distance while waiting outside. 4. Wash your hands when finished.

Will I be able to set up chairs/blankets outside my vehicle to watch the movie?

At this time, unfortunately, the answer is no. We were given the go-ahead to open based on the fact that we are low risk. In order to stay that way, for the time being, you will need to remain in your vehicle at all times (other than to pick up your food or ice cream order, or use the bathroom). We know that this may disappoint some of you, but for now, this is the way it has to be. We ask that you respect the rules so that we don’t get shut down. We hope this changes soon but for now no one outside their vehicle.

I have an SUV- can I still turn it around and sit/lay in the back?

Yes. You must remain inside your vehicle however, no tailgating. No sitting in the back of pick-up trucks.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes! For the safety of our employees and each other, you must wear a mask while outside your car for any reason. Please do not ruin it for us or the rest of our customers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s three seconds, 30 seconds or three minutes…put your mask on. Please!

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