Class of 2020 Information

Grover Cleveland Charter High School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Class of 2020 As of 5/12/20

 

1. When will the list of seniors eligible for graduation be posted?

 

The last day of instruction for seniors is Thursday, May 28. Remember, to be eligible for CSU/UC campuses, you must earn a “C” or better in your courses. By June 5, we will have a final list of all seniors who will graduate and receive a diploma.

 

2. Where and when will Cleveland’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony be held?

 

All LAUSD commencement ceremonies will be held for the Class of 2020 on a virtual platform. Cleveland’s Virtual Commencement will take place on June 11 at 6 PM. Details to follow.

 

Based on the latest guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health, "Virtual graduation ceremonies are allowed; car drive-in and in-person graduations are prohibited." If safe and approved by Health Officials at the local, state, and federal levels, we will plan a live graduation ceremony at a later to-be-determined date and time.

 

Caps, Gowns, Tassels: Caps and gowns have been ordered and will be delivered to the school. The District will not be mailing them home. Cleveland will distribute the caps and gowns during senior clearance. Students may keep all parts of their graduation apparel.

 

Graduation Cords: Information about purchasing graduation cords will be sent directly to those who applied for them and who are eligible. Applications are available on the school website, under Senior Activities, Graduation Cords 2020 (Application).

 

Graduation Announcements: If you ordered announcements, they should be sent directly to you. The school did not receive any of them. For questions or information on how to order announcements, contact the vendor at Herff Jones.

 

3. Is the school planning any other activity for seniors?

 

On Saturday, May 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM, Cleveland staff members plan to participate in a drive- by celebration of our graduates outside the campus. Seniors and their families are welcome to drive by to receive a graduation gift and their pre-purchased yearbook (we will not sell yearbooks at this time). More details will follow, but please save the date. We ask that all students and families remain in their cars. Make sure you wear a face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to stop for conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures. This event is strictly voluntary. Those who do not participate may pick up their graduation gift and pre-purchased yearbook during the clearance process.

 

This year’s Senior Awards Night will be held virtually. It will be on Tuesday, June 2 at 6 PM. If you are being recognized, you will receive an email invitation at least one week in advance with details.

 

4. How will students return items and school collect items?

 

Senior clearance process: In order to receive their caps and gowns, students will need to participate in the clearance process. Seniors must bring their student ID. If they do not have a current one, a student ID from grades 9-11 will also suffice. Clearances will take place on the following dates via appointment only:

 

         ○ Friday, May 29 (Book Here)

         ○ Monday, June 1(Book Here)

         ○ Tuesday, June 2 (Book Here)

 

Students will have the option to select a drive-thru or walk-up process. Make sure you wear a cloth face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with peers, or take pictures.

 

If using the drive-thru option, cars will enter the parking lot closest to the pool entrance and be directed to one of two lines. To minimize congestion, we encourage cars to come north on Vanalden towards the campus from Saticoy, or head east on Strathern from Tampa and make a left onto Vanalden (see map for details).

 

If using the walk-up option, students and families may park on Vanalden in front of the school (adhere to street sign restrictions) or use the North Vanalden parking lot next to the flag pole (see map for details).

 

Locker items: Thanks to our custodians, security staff, clerical staff, select faculty and staff, and administrators, locker items will be packed and ready for return during the clearance process. This includes PE lockers. Boxes will be labeled with the student name and locker number that is on file in the Student Store. Textbooks left in lockers will be returned to the Textbook Room and scanned.

 

Textbooks: Textbooks will be collected during the clearance process, along with any unpaid school debts in exchange for caps and gowns. Students may view the list of textbooks assigned to them on Destiny via Schoology to see what they must return. We do not need the consumable paperback books that each student received and were asked to write in, if applicable.

 

Electronic devices: Technology (iPad, Chromebook, laptops, cameras, hotspots, adapters, chargers, etc.) must be returned during the clearance process in exchange for caps and gowns.

 

Library books: Library books will be collected during the clearance process, along with any unpaid school debts in exchange for caps and gowns. Students may view their circulation record on Destiny via Schoology to see if they have any library books currently checked out.

 

Other clearances: As it does not apply to all seniors, there will be a separate process to return athletic uniforms, Music Department instruments/equipment/uniforms, Media Center and AOAT technology devices, medication/medical equipment, and items left in the Dean’s Office.

 

Athletic Uniforms: The Athletic Director will set out bins specific to each team in the pool parking lot from 12:30-2:30 PM on May 19 and May 21. There will be tables set up by teams along the double gates between the Gym and A-Hall. Please bring your items in a bag and make sure you wear a cloth face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with teammates, or take pictures. You will be asked to show your uniform(s) to the staff/coach. Names will be crossed off based on names labeled on the bag. Athletes taking AP exams should return items after your exams are done.

 

May 19 (12:30-2:30 PM) for Baseball, Track, Boys Tennis

 

May 21 (12:30-2:30 PM) for Swim, Boys Volleyball, Softball, Boys Golf

 

May 23 (9-10:30 AM) for Make-up Day for all Teams

 

Musical Instruments/Color Guard Equipment/Choir Uniforms: Music teachers will set out tables or bins specific to each program (instruments, color guard, choir) outside of N-1 from 9:30- 11:30 AM on May 19 and May 21. Please bring your items in a bag (if applicable) and make sure you wear a cloth face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. Walk through the double gates between the Gym and A-Hall. Absolutely no cars should enter the campus. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures. You will be asked to show your items to the staff/teacher. Names will be crossed off based on names labeled on the bag/container. Students taking AP exams should return items after your exams are done.

 

May 19 (9:30-11:30 AM) for Instruments (table outside N1) Color Guard (bins outside N1) Choir (bins outside N1)

 

May 21 (9:30-11:30 AM) for Instruments (table outside N1) Color Guard (bins outside N1) Choir (bins outside N1)

 

May 23 (9-10:30 AM) for Make-up Day for Music Programs Instruments (table outside N1) Color Guard (bins outside N1) Choir (bins outside N1)

 

Media Center Equipment: Media Center staff will set out bins in the pool parking lot from 8:30 to 9:30 AM on May 19 and May 21. There will be tables set up along the double gates between the Gym and A-Hall. Please bring your cameras and other equipment in a bag (if applicable) and make sure you wear a cloth face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures. You will be asked to show your items to the staff. Names will be crossed off based on names labeled on the bag. Students taking AP exams should return items after your exams are done.

 

May 19 and 21 (8:30-9:30 AM) for The Media Center

 

 

AOAT Computer Return: Students in AOAT who borrowed laptop computers and chargers may drop off equipment from 9 AM to 12 PM on May 27 and May 28 at the pool parking lot. AOAT staff will have tables and bins set up outside along the double gates between the Gym and A- Hall. Make sure you wear a face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures. You will be asked to show items and turn on the computer for the staff. Names will be crossed off based on number on the computer.

 

May 27 and 28 (9 AM – 12 PM) for AOAT

 

 

Medication and Medical Equipment on File in Health Office: All discontinued, outdated, and/or unused medication and equipment will be returned by appointment only. If a parent or guardian has not arranged for pickup of the medication within 30 days, the medication will be disposed of by our school nurse. Please email Gina De La Luna at ged2755@lausd.net to set up an appointment between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on May 19 or May 21. Pickup with be conducted curbside on Vanalden in front of the Administration Building parking entrance. Make sure you wear a face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures.

 

Items Left in Dean’s Office: All confiscated items left in the Dean’s Office will be returned by appointment only. If a parent or guardian has not arranged for pickup of the items within 30 days, the personal belongings will be discarded. Please email Patricia Moscotte at pem3643@lausd.net to set up an appointment between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on May 19 or May 21. Pickup with be conducted curbside on Vanalden in front of the Administration Building parking entrance. Make sure you wear a face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures.

 

5. When will yearbooks and awards certificates be distributed?

 

Yearbooks: Yearbooks will be distributed and available for purchase during the clearance process. Those who pre-ordered nameplates with senior packages will have them mailed home via the USPS.

 

Certificates: Certificates awarded to any seniors will be distributed during the clearance process.

 

6. When will diplomas be issued?

 

Diplomas will be issued in front of the school, after the virtual graduation ceremony, on June 12 and June 15 from 12:30-2:30 PM to all students who have cleared the following:

         ○ Academic clearance

         ○ Technology (iPad, Chromebook, Laptops, cameras,     

             hotspots, adapters, batteries, chargers, etc.)

         ○ Textbooks and library books returned/fines paid

         ○ Athletic uniforms

         ○ Instruments, Color Guard equipment, Choir uniforms

         ○ College Office Survey (must use LAUSD email address to log

             in)

         ○ Naviance Senior Exit Survey (available in Naviance under

            the Surveys tab)

         ○ Any other outstanding debts

 

Make sure you wear a face covering and adhere to social distance requirement. This is not the time to have conversations with others, reunite with classmates, or take pictures.

If you are unable to come onto campus June 12 or June 15, we will have diploma distribution via appointment 9 AM to 12 PM between June 16-19. Please email Melissa Romero at mhr7901@lausd.net to set up an appointment on those dates.

 

7. How will transcripts be mailed to my post-secondary institution (college or university)?

 

As long as you completed the College Office Senior Survey and indicated where you wanted your transcript sent, our College Office staff will take care of submitting your final transcript.

 

8. When should families expect to receive their child’s refunds for senior packages (only for cancelled activities) and AP exams?

 

The financial manager is in the process of manually preparing senior package refund checks. The checks will be prepared by the school and mailed through the USPS. As well as refunds for senior packages, the financial manager will also prepare refunds for Advanced Placement exams.

 

9. What additional LAUSD senior activities are coming up?

 

     ● LAUSD has many celebratory events planned for seniors including a partnership with NBC4 from May 25-August.

 

     ● LAUSD is also hosting a Senior Spirit Week May 25-29, and Virtual Prom on Saturday, May 30 (details to come).

 

10. How does our school communicate with families?

 

     ● Our website clevelandhs.org is updated regularly, in addition to our social media accounts: Facebook (Grover Cleveland Charter High School), (@ClevelandChartr), and Instagram (clevelandcharterhs).

 

     ● Principal Duong sends weekly Sunday messages via email, phone call, and/or text based on your personal information in our LAUSD system. Please make your updates in the Parent Portal.

 

      ● There are Schoology posts/updates for our school. 

 

11. How can I support my senior and family during these emotional times?

 

The seniors can reach out to their counselors who are available for check in. Each senior also has at least four teachers to connect with via Schoology.

 

LAUSD also has additional supports through the Mental Health Hotline: 213-241-3840 weekdays from 6 AM to 6 PM.

 

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