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NWHS Senior Events


Class of 2020 Families, 


I hope you are staying safe! Please read this letter carefully, as it contains important information, and I hope to answer all questions in this communication.

Virtual Ceremony - Monday, May 18 - airing at 7 p.m.

The virtual ceremony will include recorded student and staff speakers, and all students' names will be read by their advisors. There is a slide for each graduate as part of the presentation as well. This ceremony will be aired through Waycross TV locally at 7 p.m. on 5/18 on Channel 979 on Spectrum, Channel 850 on Fioptics, or anyone can view the ceremony online using this link: https://www.waycross.tv/northwest.html

Family Ceremonies - May 19-22

If you signed up for an appointment for your student to have a “stage crossing” on one of these dates, please read this information carefully. Students will wear their caps, gowns, tassels, white Northwest stole, and any cords or medals that they were awarded. Families must report to the front of the building at their appointment time. For families who are late, your appointment may be cancelled. Everyone who enters the building must be wearing a mask/face covering, and have completed a self-screening wellness check prior to arrival. Information on the self-screening process is included below.

 In the parking lot, staff will signal for graduates and their six guests to enter the front lobby. 

  1. The six guests will all need to sign in upon arrival. You do not need to send guest names ahead of time. 

  2. The graduate and family will enter the Auditorium together. Family will enter the viewing area. The graduate will have his/her name read, and will cross the stage. Students will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage. A professional photographer will take a picture of this moment.

  3. Graduates and guests will then exit the Auditorium, and can take a picture in front of our media banner.

  4. The final station will be where students return their rental gowns (all other items are to be kept by the graduates), and where students can pick up diplomas if all school fees have been paid. 

Diploma Pick up and Gown Return

If you and your graduate are NOT planning to sign up for a family ceremony, we have set up the following dates and times for gown return and diploma pick up:

May 26 from 1-4 p.m.

May 27 from  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • If you can not make any of these days/times, there will be additional days throughout the summer for diploma pick up. 

  • Only the graduate can pick up his/her own diploma. Family members or friends can not pick up a diploma for a graduate. The graduate will need to sign that he/she received it. 

  • All school fees need to be paid, and all school property returned before diplomas can be picked up.

***All cap and gown order questions can be directed to Herff Jones Graduate Services at 513-272-5890.

Finally, if your student was not able to come to campus yesterday to drop off Chrome books or text books, we can accept these items during the family ceremony appointments or the following week. Students can also pick up banners, awards and locker items during those times that weren’t picked up yesterday.

Self Screening Tool

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of disease spread within our community by flattening the curve, NWLSD is implementing self-monitoring procedures for all visitors who plan to enter into our buildings. These measures will help to identify individuals who may have contagious conditions and are not in good health.

We are asking visitors that plan to enter school facilities to complete a thorough self-assessment of their current health status, including taking your temperature at home, before entering into school buildings.

Ask yourself the following:

=   Do I have a fever?

Use a thermometer to check your temperature at home on the day of your scheduled visit. If you have a temperature reading greater than or equal to 100.0F, please STAY HOME. You will be denied entry into any NWLSD facility. If you have a fever, we strongly suggest that you contact your physician for further guidance. 

=     Am I exhibiting other signs of illness?

Coughing, unusual tiredness, and difficulty breathing are the most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19. Although these symptoms alone are not indicative of infection, if you have cold, flu or coronavirus symptoms, please stay home. You will be denied entry into any NWLSD facility. Consult your doctor for advice before self-diagnosing, he/she may want to see you for testing.

The health and safety of our staff and students remains our priority. Implementation of self monitoring is best-practice across the Nation at this time and will have a significant impact on eliminating community spread. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to closely monitor and take heed to the recommendations from local, state and federal agencies. We are asking all visitors to follow the procedures outlined above and to complete your own personal log upon entering the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal. 


Everyone who enters the building must be wearing a mask/face covering, and have completed a self-wellness check prior to arrival.  


If you have questions, please contact me. 

Thank you!

Susan Smith, Principal

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