Callaway High School
Home of the Cavaliers
Jonathan Laney, Principal
Dear Cavalier Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I send this message to you today. State mandated school closures for the remainder of the 2019 - 2020 academic year have brought our system into uncharted territory, and as a result, unprecedented decisions must be made in a variety of areas. Our primary goal, as always, is to ensure that district and school leaders are making decisions with the safety of our students as our top priority and to share information with our stakeholders as quickly as possible. As such, this communication is to inform parents/students of determinations made related to certain high school events.
Teachers will be posting assignments to their Google Classrooms. Assignments will be available by April 13th. Students may complete these assignments to improve their final averages. All work submitted can only improve their grades as of the date school closures began. All academic work must be completed and grades finalized by Friday, May 15th. It is important to note that students enrolled in credit repair/credit recovery/PLC via Odysseyware must complete the entire course and have a final grade of 70 or above in order to receive credit for the class.
Families who have difficulty accessing internet-based assignments may contact the school and we will work with these families individually to create a plan. If you have any questions about academic plans or need assistance with online assignments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school and leave a message. If you call, press “0” when prompted and your message will be sent directly to my extension. I will get you the information you need as soon as possible.
Our hearts especially go out to our senior class. We know these events are particularly difficult for the Class of 2020 and their families. Dr. Shumate has stated that all high schools will have a graduation ceremony in some capacity as soon as it is safe to do so. At this point, we still have May 21st on the calendar as our graduation date. Depending on the notifications we receive from the Governor and others, we may push graduations back into the summer. Schools will make arrangements to distribute caps and gowns to seniors that have purchased these, and this information will be communicated to parents as soon as it is available. In addition, each campus will work with their graduation vendors to ensure that any student that has not purchased their cap and gown will have ample opportunity to do so prior to the ceremony. Since our plan is to proceed with graduation, schools will not be offering refunds for caps, gowns, or any other graduation related products at this time. Also, seniors may request official transcripts at any time by contacting Ms. Lovett at email@example.com.
While we understand that prom and yearbook distribution are traditional parts of the high school experience, for the safety of our students, proms have been cancelled for this year. Prom dues collected from juniors will be applied to next year’s prom and they will owe no money at that time. Seniors who paid for prom this year will receive a refund. Please email Mrs. Mapp at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive this refund. Yearbook production has been interrupted by this crisis. Once a yearbook delivery date has been confirmed by the printing companies, we will establish a schedule to allow for students to pick up their yearbooks. This will be communicated to students and parents as soon as possible after books arrive.
Honors Day celebrations will not be held in the traditional way, but schools will announce and recognize the outstanding students that have earned these special accolades. Each school will publish a list of these students on their websites and via their social media platforms. In addition, certificates honoring these individuals be printed and distributed at a later time.
We will develop a schedule for Chromebook collection, return of materials and uniforms, payment of fines/fees, etc., that will take place during the week of May 18th - May 22nd. Parents/students will be notified of these dates and times as we approach these dates. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at any time. Stay safe and please know that we miss each and every one of our students and we are thinking about all of you during this difficult time.