School’s 2020 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Friday evening, has been
cancelled after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
The parents of CHS
students were notified shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday in an email from CHS
Principal Brent Martinson.
According to the
email, the CHS administration was informed Wednesday morning of the
student’s positive status and, under the Duneland School Corporation
Re-entry Plan, duly notified the Porter County Health Department.
collectively determined that the positive student was in contact with
numerous members of the Class of 2020 over the weekend,” Martinson said in
the email. “Indiana State Department of Health guidance states that anybody
who has direct contact (within six feet of the person for a period of longer
than 15 minutes) with a person who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis should
be quarantined for 14 days. Since we cannot accurately account for the
students who were in direct contact with the infected student, and under the
advice of the Porter County Health Department, we have made the difficult
decision to cancel our graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday evening.”
“Students, I cannot
express enough that I know this announcement comes as a great disappointment
to you and your families,” Martinson said. “There is nothing I, or anyone at
CHS, can say to make up for the ceremony you so rightfully deserved.
However, I am confident that most, if not all, will agree that the Duneland
School Corporation must take proactive measures to prevent the spread of
this virus and protect the health of our students, staff, and families.”
event, including a car parade and drive-through ceremony, are being planned
for Friday, July 24, Martinson added. Parents can expect more information
about that event sometime today.