Monmouth-Roseville Sets Graduation Date and Plans for the Fall Semester

Due to COVID-19, social distancing, and other CDC guidelines, several local schools and colleges have had to postpone graduation ceremonies or hold virtual ceremonies. Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher reports at this time they plan to hold a modified graduation ceremony following CDC guidelines:

“Our kids are going to be able to, we are going to socially distance them, allow them to walk in front of a stage and grab their diploma cover and then leave. The high school staff has done a really great job in planning this and working in conjunction with the Warren County Health Department. That is our initial plan right now. I mean things could always change, but we are hoping to thread the needle between virtual and keeping kids socially distanced. I think we can do it and we are planning to do it at our football field,” Fletcher shares.

The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 12th at 5:30 pm.

The Monmouth-Roseville School Board recently held their monthly meeting and had a lengthy discussion regarding schooling for next year, says Superintendent Fletcher:

“We talked about a couple different scenarios that we are looking at next year depending on what phase Illinois is in. One thing we talked about was school perceives as normal. I don’t know if that will happen, but that is one of the planning scenarios. Second scenario we were talking about looking at the CDC guidance and preparing for enclosures if a child tests positive for coronavirus. Another scenario was if we had to limit the number of kids in a classroom and still keep them socially distant. We were looking at the possibility of A and B days for students, which is similar to a block schedule. On our normal block schedule we have A and B days, which are basically different classes on A and B days and are full days on instruction. In our scenario, we are looking at A day students attending, for example, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and B day students on Tuesday and Thursday. Then we would rotate that the following week. The other scenario we are looking at is long term closures, possibly not even starting the school year with in person instruction. Just a lot of different scenarios we are talking about,” reports Fletcher.

Fletcher also stated their meal service will end on Thursday May 21st. Families will receive five days of food and then Jamieson Community Center will take over providing summer meals on Tuesday, May 26th.

School districts across the state are hearing several different scenarios of what could happen with Evidence Based Funding and Mandated Categorical Payments for the next school year throughout this COVID pandemic. Fletcher states it is difficult to get a feel for how it will look, but the determining factor will be what federal funds for schools will be available:

“You can get pieces of information and you can kind of project. I could sit here and come up with 100 scenarios and really not even come close. I think a game changer could be if there is federal funds that flow down to the states specifically for schools, in addition to the CARES Act or the states government. I think that is going to be the determining factor for a lot of school districts in Illinois. If there’s another stimulus package for state, then schools get by during the school year, but if not there would be a lot that would have to possibly borrow money to stay afloat,” says Fletcher.