Class of 2020: Everything You Need to Know | Senior Updates, May 3rd

As we continue to work towards the end of the year, we want to continue with our weekly "Everything You Need to Know" updates.

Included in this email is information as it relates to:

  • Administration and Student Leadership Joint Graduation Statement
  • End of Year Checkout procedures
  • Cap and Gown Pick-Up
  • Student Fees
  • Virtual Academic Signing Day
  • Senior Awards
  • Senior Spotlights

Thank you to everyone in our community for working with and for our Seniors!  The outpour of support that we've seen has been more than inspiring, but it is also not a surprise.  We know that Deer Park loves its students, especially its Seniors, and it truly shows!

Shane Hartley
Principal, Deer Park Jr/Sr High School


Earlier this afternoon, we released a joint statement from the Deer Park Administration and Deer Park Student Leadership for the 2020 Graduation Celebration.  For a link to that information, please click here.

This decision was a challenging one to say the least, especially based on the directives of the Ohio Department of Education and the Governor of Ohio.

The leadership from our students has been nothing short of impressive, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to work with them in these circumstances.

Senior Locker Clean Out and End of Year Check-Out Procedures

Seniors will be able to access their lockers and return their materials next week.  This will be by appointment only in order to maintain proper social distancing.  Appointments will be open every 30 minutes, with:

No more than 10 students at a time (a maximum of one parent/guardian may be with the student),

Tuesday (5/5) through Friday (5/8),

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In order to sign up for an appointment, please use the link below to access Sign-Up Genius to reserve a spot:

We are asking all students (and parents) to enter the building in the back entrance by the cafeteria and band room (close to the bus compound).  We are also requiring that any student who is waiting to be let in maintain social distancing (6 feet apart) from an non-immediate family member.

We are requiring that IF any student or their parent/guardian has a fever OR has been knowingly exposed to any other person infected by the Coronavirus, then please contact the school directly to arrange for another method for item return and Cap and Gown pickup.

All staff members on hand that will be working with students will wear gloves will have protective masks, and every effort will be made to enforce social distancing throughout this process.

Students will have also the opportunity to pick up Cap and Gowns, diploma covers, and "Deer Park Graduate" signs IF all student fees have been paid.  Please see information below regarding student fees.

In regards to student Chromebooks: Students will have the opportunity to keep their Chromebooks as needed (especially for students who may need them for AP tests).  We will set up a follow-up opportunity for seniors to drop these off at a later date. 


As noted above, students will need to have their student fees paid off before picking up their Cap and Gowns.  Any student who wishes to keep their Chromebooks for a later date return may do so, but these students will not receive their diploma until their Chromebooks and chargers are returned.

Parents/Guardians may pay for their student fees online using the EZ Pay accounts.  The link can be found on the Deer Park website, or by clicking here for direct access.


Virtual Academic Signing Day

As you can imagine, this year our academic signing day is going to look a little different from previous years, as it will take place virtually. We will honor the Top 10 students, as well as all students who will be attending college in the fall. Below is a pair of links you will need to complete in order to be recognized during the Academic Signing Day. First, you must submit your Senior Exit Survey. This will include the college or university you are attending. 

Senior Exit Survey

The second form you will need to complete is a photo submission. To complete this step, simply click the link below, select your name and attach a photo wearing gear from your college or university (if you don't have any, just attach your favorite photo of yourself).

Photo Submission

That's it! We'll take care of the rest! Academic signing day will take place on May 8, when we will publish the video via YouTube. Ms. Madden will be reaching out to the Top 10 in the coming days with more instructions for that portion of the video.

Senior Spotlights

During the month of May, we will be featuring the Class of 2020. We are creating social media graphics that will be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram featuring members of our senior class. All you need to do to participate is fill out the form below and include an image (Senior photo, portrait, etc.). We will feature up to five seniors each day until all of our Class of 2020 has been recognized!

Senior Spotlight Submission

Virtual Senior Awards

Virtual awards will take place on May 18 and will be posted on YouTube. We'll have more details about the Senior Awards Ceremony coming closer to the day of the event.


We have previously communicated the backup date for Prom as Friday, June 19th.  Due to the uncertainty of our ability to have large gatherings, we have worked with our Junior Class Student Council to set another backup date for Saturday, July 18th.

This is of course a long time away, and we will continue to communicate any change of plans as needed.  We will also be sharing information with the junior class in regards to voting for Prom Court through Schoology, and students should look for that information starting the week of May 11th.

Please note that, unfortunately, our After Prom has had to be canceled for this year. 

Senior Photos and Yearbook Information

Earlier this week, Dr. West posted information on the Class of 2020 Schoology page for information for the yearbook.  In cased you missed it, here is a summary of the information:

This year’s yearbook will feature a much more in-depth senior section, including not just a spotlight on seniors this year, but also covering all of their time at Deer Park.  To buy a yearbook, go to  The code needed is: 13951320.

Because of the stay-at-home order, some senior photo appointments may have been canceled. Dr. West will accept professional quality photos to be included in the yearbook this year.  If students had a senior picture session with another photographer, they may send Dr. West the file for the yearbook (

Students MUST get your photo taken by Prestige Portraits in order to be included in the composite photo.  They print it and will only use their own photos.  While the The Prestige / Lifetouch “Last Chance” day, when they come to the school, has obviously been postponed, we have been working with the company to establish a “Last Chance” day at the school once it is safe to do so. There is not a firm date yet, but this will be communicated as soon as possible. 

Seniors "Last Day" and Senior Exams

We are going to stick with the original plan for a senior "last day," which is May 8th.  Teachers will work with students on an as-needed basis past that date

Additionally, we will NOT be holding exams for seniors.

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