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Superintendent's Message

June 2020

Dear Whittier Union community,

June has seen the completion of the 2019-20 school year, which has been unlike any year in Whittier Union’s history. We are so proud of our students and staff who stepped up under these extraordinary circumstances to finish the year strong, putting in more hours than we could have ever imagined.
 
For our seniors, I am sorry. I am sorry that your senior year finished the way it did. I am sorry for all your lost memories that were forced upon you. I am sorry that you didn’t have a chance to celebrate the end of your high school experience surrounded by your friends. And most of all, I am sorry that the restrictions that are still in place prevent us from hosting traditional graduation ceremonies for you as we had hoped. We really hoped that state and county orders would be relaxed and we could watch you walk into our stadiums in front of your family and friends. Unfortunately, we are required to follow the health orders that prevents us from honoring you the way we had hoped. 
 
Nonetheless, we are undeterred in doing whatever we can to celebrate your accomplishments with your families. Our sites have worked exceedingly hard to find ways to provide a graduation experience that will allow you to don your cap and gown, hear your name read, and walk across the stage to receive your diploma and official graduation photo. Our sites will be providing you more information about that soon, but please know that we are incredibly proud of the Class of 2020 and wish you all the best as you move forward in your lives. 
 
We also continue to make plans for our phased approach to our schools’ reopening in fall and seek input from our parents to gauge your desires for your students. Again, we will be required to follow guidelines as set forth by Los Angeles County health orders, but our Board of Trustees is committed to having as much in-person instruction as allowed under those orders. 
 
We are grateful to our community for entrusting their children to us and will continue to do Whatever It Takes to ensure the success of all students. 

Please continue to follow our District Facebook page for updates, news and highlights.
 

Martin J. Plourde
Superintendent 

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