Another Graduation Announcement

Good Day, Hilltoppers!

I know the news yesterday concerning graduations created quite a stir, not only in our community, but across the state.  The Illinois State Board of Education and Superintendent Ayala issued the following statement this morning:

Dear Colleagues:

We have received your feedback. ISBE is acting quickly to develop updated recommendations for graduation ceremonies in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health to align with the new disaster proclamation and updated stay-at-home order that the Governor enacted yesterday.

The safety and well-being of students, families, and educators must be the number one priority. However, we understand the milestone that graduation ceremonies represent in our lives and are developing guidelines that encourage creative alternatives to the traditional graduation ceremony.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership, dialogue, and patience as we navigate this uncharted territory together.


Dr. Carmen I. Ayala

State Superintendent of Education

Illinois State Board of Education

What this actually means remains to be seen, but it is obvious that the public’s voice was heard and some type of compromise will be reached.  The district will wait for the new guidelines to be released and then see how it affects our current plans.  From there, district administrators will make adjustments as necessary and the community will be informed as soon as possible.  Until then, think positive thoughts and enjoy a beautiful Friday and Saturday!

Go Toppers!

Fred Lamkey, Mt. Pulaski Superintendent of Schools