AA plans graduation via YouTube, searches for new principal

Friday, May 1, 2020

Graduation for Alta-Aurelia High School seniors will take place on Sunday, May 17th which is the original date. The ceremony will be streamed with the school district’s YouTube Channel.

“We are trying to put a plan together that is in accordance with Public Health recommendations. We will also be scheduling an alternate date for June if necessary,” Superintendent William Walters.

For the May 17 event, Principal Tom Ryherd will be the only speaker. Graduates in their caps and gowns will proceed in groups of 10. Parents only are allowed to attend the ceremony at the Alta football field, while others can view it online. No hugging or shaking hands will take place, and the graduates will take their diplomas off a prepared table. 

A car parade will be held afterward.

This year’s prom was previously canceled.

Meal service will resume May 11, 11:30-12:30, in the grab-and-go format at both Alta and Aurelia buildings.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education had previously ordered schools to close through April 30th. On April 17th it was announced that all Iowa school districts and nonpublic schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

School officials have discussed additional topics during the school closure, including summer and fall plans. “Things change every day and we will adjust accordingly. We don’t want to finalize a plan and then change it because the situation changes,” Walters said. He added that a more structured distance learning plan will be in place for fall, if needed. 

Another topic is the selection of a new Alta-Aurelia High School principal since current high school principal Ryherd will be leaving the district after 14 years. Candidates are being reviewed by the school board for selection, and six have been interviewed for the principal position. Two finalists will be determined by the end of this week.

The next Alta-Aurelia School Board meeting is scheduled for May 11.