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Midpeninsula high schools offer pandemic-altered rites of passage for seniors

Original post made on Apr 30, 2021

Planning for modified proms and graduation events is underway at local high schools so seniors can enjoy at least some of the usual rites of passage. There'll be no dancing at Los Altos High's prom, and no high heels at Menlo-Atherton.

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 30, 2021 at 8:43 am

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My student was interviewed for this story but not included. For her prom is not dancing but a chance to dress up and see friends while socially distanced as these other schools have wonderfully set up for their seniors. Bravo to these other schools for coming up with creative ways to celebrate their seniors. Definitely enjoy this opportunity! This speaks volumes about PAUSD.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2021 at 9:28 am

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I wonder if the recent incident of egg throwing last week had anything to do with the lack of activities planned by PAUSD for seniors.

I do not condone egg throwing, but I have plenty of empathy for teens who are being denied so many fun activities and have been for so long.

It is time that activities for teens are resumed in a safe and sensible manner.

Posted by PA resident and voter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2021 at 10:15 am

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Wow, seeing high schools like Mountain View Los Altos and M-A doing prom in safe ways sure looks creative and bold. It's nice they are coming up with innovative ways to help the Class of '21 mark this significant milestone.
I can't speak for the students, but from what I recall, the graduation ceremony is more for the adults in the community anyway. If it was their choice, I wonder which the students truly prefer.

Posted by Eva_PA
a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

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Bystander - no connection with the egg throwing. PAUSD made this decision in advance of the incident.

Posted by Banes
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Apr 30, 2021 at 10:28 am

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Line dancing is an option too....
6ft apart & across ...
sports fields certainly could accommodate that...

Posted by Gunn Parent
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 30, 2021 at 10:43 am

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It's extremely disappointing that Seniors at Palo Alto High Schools will have no school sponsored graduation festivities. The proposed Gunn High School plan of tables of six students watching a movie outside would be extremely low risk, especially as the great majority of the Seniors have had at least one vaccination and likely two by the time graduation comes around. I believe the mental health needs of our kids outweigh the negligible risk of transmission or legal liability risk the district may be worried about.

Posted by Mom of 2
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:39 pm

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Bystander-- the egg throwing is an annual tradition between juniors and seniors. It has absolutely nothing to do with current activities or lack thereof.