Update Regarding Prom and Graduation

Good afternoon,


As the past few weeks progressed, I began to dread the possibility that I may have to send this email.


Unfortunately, in light of Governor Wolf’s announcement earlier today informing us that all Pennsylvania public schools will remain closed for the rest of this year, we will not be able to host a traditional graduation ceremony on June 2, 2020. In addition, we are forced to cancel our 2020 Senior Prom. While I do not personally have a son or daughter in the Class of 2020, an administrator on our high school team does. Hearing him share his profound disappointment and thinking about each of you as we met this morning was an emotional experience for all of us. We recognize the intense disappointment and sadness these announcements cause. I am truly sorry that these events in which you’ve been looking forward to and working toward for years will not be held as you or I had envisioned.


We recognize you have worked so hard to get to this point in your educational journey and that you deserve opportunities to celebrate your accomplishments, to reconnect with classmates and teachers and to finish well this season of your lives. 


Here is a synopsis of some our early plans to provide these opportunities:


  • We are exploring ways to honor the Class of 2020 regarding diploma presentations and the recognition of each senior. This may include a virtual commencement ceremony which mirrors our traditional commencement ceremony in as many ways as possible.
  • We will ensure that each student that ordered a cap and gown receives them. Please remember that tomorrow (April 10th) is the deadline for ordering caps and gowns.
  • We have ordered a celebratory “Class of 2020” yard sign for all seniors and will be distributing them as soon as they are received from the sign company.
  • We have already begun discussions with your Senior Class Advisors and the Senior Party chairperson regarding potential alternatives to Prom/Post-Prom Party to be coordinated when we can resume less strict social distancing guidelines.


You are the fabric of Dallastown High School and the community. The challenges you are facing through this experience will shape you for a lifetime. It is my privilege to be your principal and to walk with you through this difficult time.


As details continue to develop, we continue to keep you informed.



Zachary Fletcher, Ed.D.
Dallastown Area High School

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