Class of 2020 FAQ
What is the current plan for the Graduation Ceremony?
Carroll ISD had a three-part plan for graduation until the Governor of Texas announced that in-person, outdoor graduation events could happen on or after May 29, 2020. CISD then announced a Modified Graduation Plan.
Like other districts around the state, CISD will not be able to offer a Senior Prom. The close proximity of students in large gatherings, especially at a dance event, is not allowed and CISD will not be hosting school-sponsored events for the class after graduation.
Before the Modified Graduation Plan Was Announced, What Options Was CISD Considering?
Our goal has always been to host an in-person graduation ceremony as previously planned, but we did look at several alternatives (see below).
- Graduation Plan A
Seniors Graduate on Friday, May 29 at Dragon Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
(Plan A can only happen IF physical distancing restrictions have been lifted for large-group gatherings by May 29. Even then, expect some changes to be announced to comply with physical distancing and safety requirements (i.e. seat spacing, hand sanitizer stations, face masks, etc.)
- Graduation Plan B
Graduate on Friday, July 31 at Dragon Stadium after sunset (likely 8:20 p.m.) OR another pre-determined indoor location TBA. (Plan B will only happen IF Plan A is canceled and IF physical distancing restrictions have been lifted for large-group gatherings by July 31.)
- Graduation Plan C
Graduate during a “Modified” event on Friday, July 31 without an in-person audience (details to be determined). (Plan C will only happen if Plan A and Plan B are canceled and IF physical distancing restrictions are still in place by July 31. This isn’t necessarily a “virtual” event, but it would take all COVID-19 restrictions in mind during the planning and would not include an in-person mass gathering with an audience. We have several ideas for such an event if it is necessary. This is our last resort plan for graduation and will only be done if we cannot hold an in-person event with an audience. Details TBD.)
Why is there no graduation or prom option in June?
School officials have carefully considered all options. In the end, we believe that if social/physical distancing guidelines allow it, we prefer to go ahead and have graduation in May as planned. That said, we want to give family/friends time to plan for the possibility of a rescheduled event. Also, if social/physical distancing restrictions are lifted and people are able to travel again this summer, we believe that many of our Dragon families will need to get away, and will opt to plan much-needed vacations or trips to the lake/beach if the opportunity exists. For this reason, CISD did not select a June or early July date for a potential graduation. Our back-up date of July 31 gives families/friends time to plan, make travel arrangements and still, perhaps, avoid conflicts with August college orientations and departure dates for members of the Class of 2020. If Plan C becomes a necessity, the July 31 date gives us three months to plan for a “modified” event without a live audience.
When will seniors receive their caps and gowns?
The Carroll Sr. High Administration held a celebration “drive-thru” distribution event at the CSHS campus on Wednesday, May 13. Each senior stayed in their own car to ensure physical distancing and followed a pre-determined schedule and map from CSHS. The event was videotaped and released on social media for others to enjoy. Seniors drove thru the CSHS event at their pre-determined time to pick up anything they need to retrieve from CSHS (handed to them in a bag) as well as to receive their gap, gown and graduation invitations. At this event, seniors turned in their laptops, chargers, other items to return to CSHS before graduating. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!
What about sending out graduation invitations?
The graduation invitations ordered from Jostens for the Plan A May 29 event were distributed to seniors during the May 13 “drive-thru” event at CSHS. The time and location remain the same. Only the start time of graduation has changed - it's now 8:20 p.m.
How will senior families and the public know about decisions regarding graduation?
CISD and CSHS will share information with senior families via our newsletters, website and social media accounts. Each family will receive a Senior Survey to find out if they plan to participate in graduation and how many tickets they need for the parents/siblings living in the same household. The Modified Graduation Plan allows for five tickets per graduate to ensure 25 percent occupancy of Dragon Stadium. The Texas Education Agency requires that districts cap attendance to meet the Governor's Executive Order. Each graduate will recieve one ticket for a field seat and up to four tickets for parents/siblings living in the same household. Students in households of divorce/separation can request up to two additional tickets for their other family members.
Will CISD Marketing Dept. be selling 2020 Grad Messages?
Yes. CISD will be selling $50 Grad Messages to families of the Class of 2020. Order information will be released soon to all senior families. The Grad Messages will be featured before/after Graduation in both Plan A and Plan B scenarios above. If Plan C happens, Grad Messages will be played via slideshow before/after the modified Graduation event and/or made available on the CISD website. If you are interested in purchasing a $50 Grad Message for your senior, watch for a communication to all senior families on May 1.
When will the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2020 be announced?
Carroll Sr. High School will be making this announcement via video in the month of April. Information will be shared via video and email from the CSHS Administration, along with photos/stories on CISD and CSHS social media accounts. It will also be announced in our #DragonStrong newsletters. The Val/Sal are featured each year in the August edition of Inside Carroll magazine, as well.
What about recognition for the Honor Graduates?
Honor Graduates will be seated at the front of the class at Dragon Stadium during the graduation ceremony. They are also noted in the ceremony program.
What about families of deceased members of the Class of 2020?
The families of students who passed away will be included in all the Class of 2020 events and recognitions. Parents of these beloved students are invited to participate and will receive all Class of 2020 event communications directly from CSHS.
What about Senior Picnic?
Unfortunately, due to physical distancing restrictions still in place in the state of Texas, Senior Picnic has been canceled.
Will there still be a Baccalaureate event?
No. From PTO: “It is with a heavy heart the CHS/CSHS PTO Baccalaureate Committee has made the decision to cancel the May 24, 2020 Interfaith Baccalaureate Service. We appreciate all the students who were willing to participate in the service, the staff at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the interfaith speakers and, of course, the hard work of the Baccalaureate Committee.”
What about Project Graduation?
In lieu of the Main Event in Grapevine Project Graduation Celebration, the CHS/CSHS PTO will host a Project Graduation Prize Giveaway! (Socially distanced, of course!) During the week of April 27, all Seniors will receive a SENIOR REMIND inviting them to Opt-In to the Class of 2020 Project Graduation Prize Giveaway. There is a $10 one-time form submission and payment to be entered into each weekly giveaway. Prize Giveaways will be held and announced weekly on Friday evenings beginning May 8 - May 29. Students who do not win will automatically be entered into the next week's Prize Giveaway. Weekly prize winners will not be eligible to win more than one prize. Every student submitting their one-time, $10 form and payment will receive a prize. Prizes range from gift cards to computers and lots of cool things in between. So Seniors, be sure to Opt-in, win a cool prize and wait for the PTO Prize Patrol to deliver your gift!
Will senior prom be rescheduled?
No. Because of social/physical distancing restrictions, CISD will be unable to provide a senior prom.
Friday Nights in May
The lights at Dragon Stadium will shine first for 20 minutes and then for 20 minutes more beginning at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time) each Friday in May in honor of the Class of 2020. At the same time each week in May, CISD will release on social media accounts, a special message to the Class of 2020 from a mystery guest. Watch CISD’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for the release of each week’s video message at 8:20 p.m. Fridays in May. The stadium itself will be locked and closed due to social/physical distancing restrictions. We ask that seniors and their families please NOT gather at the stadium. Videos/Photos will be shared for you to download from social media.
What other events are being planned to recognize the Class of 2020?
CISD is working hand-in-hand with CSHS and the City of Southlake to find creative and meaningful ways to celebrate the Class of 2020. Stay tuned to further announcements about virtual recognition events/efforts. Southlake Style magazine plans to recognize members of the Class of 2020 in their May edition, and Inside Carroll magazine will have a section dedicated to the Class of 2020, as well.
Can senior athletes who did not finish their seasons come to CISD to take photos?
Only the senior athletes of spring sports who did not get to have their “senior night” will be allowed to schedule a time with their head coaches to come to the appropriate CSHS field, location or Dragon Stadium to take individual final senior photos before turning in their uniforms. This will be coordinated through your head coach for senior athletes only. The plans must adhere to the physical distancing restrictions in place at the time the individual photo sessions are scheduled. This will be done soon to ensure senior athletes who did not get to have their senior night can get photos before turning equipment/uniforms back into the athletic department.
- Graduation Plan A