Lyons Township High School is trying hard to allow members of the senior class the chance to experience the year-end rituals that make the final year of high school so memorable.
Instead of canceling the school’s prom and graduation ceremonies, those events are being postponed until the end of June with the hope that the governor’s stay-at-home order might be amended or withdrawn if the number of people testing positive for and dying from COVID-19 wanes sufficiently.
LTHS Principal Brian Waterman announced the decisions in an email to school families on April 23. The high school serves the southern half of Brookfield.
“While it certainly didn’t take a global pandemic for us to recognize this, it is during this crisis that we have learned so much about the [Class of 2020’s] persistence, kindness, compassion, resolve, dedication and commitment to their peers and our school community,” Waterman wrote.
But, he said, another characteristic of the class revealed itself as the administration talked to class leaders on the Senior Class Board, Student Council and Principal Student Advisory Council – hope.
“We learned very clearly through our conversations that our seniors are hopeful about everything that lies ahead,” Waterman wrote.
As a result, the senior prom – with its theme “A Starry Night” – has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 25 at Navy Pier in Chicago, subject to state guidelines and restrictions regarding large gatherings.
The Class of 2020 commencement ceremony, subject to those same guidelines, will follow on Sunday, June 28. Caps and gowns will be distributed to seniors in mid-May and all students will be able to return to school to clear out their lockers and return books and other materials in the coming weeks.
Other senior class events will be held virtually, Waterman announced. An electronic version of the 2019-20 Tabulae yearbook will be released May 15, and a remote Senior Honors Assembly will be livestreamed on LTTV on May 21 at 6 p.m.
A special tribute to the Class of 2020 will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m., with details still to come.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that his statewide stay-at-home order would be extended through May 31.