Virtual school, in-person graduation: Rock Bridge High School seniors decide | Central Missouri News

COLOMBIA — It’s rare for a school principal to notify students and families about the possibility of missing classes, but that’s exactly what Jacob Sirna, principal of Rock Bridge High School, did on Monday.

High school students will be able to attend their last four days of classes virtually to avoid the risk of COVID-19 before graduation.

Rock Bridge High School’s graduation is scheduled for May 21. Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case is at risk of missing it. The school is following a 10-day quarantine for ‘close contacts’ of positive cases. Starting Tuesday, the calendar will encompass graduation day.

“Our #1 priority is for all seniors to successfully complete their courses and earn the necessary credits for graduation,” Sirna wrote in an email to families. “Our next priority is that all students in the class of 2021 who plan to graduate can do so.”

In this delicate situation, Rock Bridge High School allows families and students to “make informed decisions about their attendance.”

“While we don’t like the idea of ​​our students missing school, we understand that many have completed almost all of their classes by this time and could complete the rest remotely and avoid the risk of being quarantined.” , indicates the email.

Seniors involved in school clubs and athletics will still need to meet attendance requirements for these activities. Fully vaccinated students would be exempt from quarantine but would need to present confirmation of their vaccination.

Perry A. Thomasson