Although Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered schools to be closed through the rest of the 2019-20 school year, a few activities have been planned to uplift spirits.
Friday afternoon elementary and Lakeview students are invited to go to the bus stops at their normal drop-off time to wave and say hello to their Stow-Munroe Falls bus drivers, said Superintendent Tom Bratten. Buses will stop at every stop and open the bus doors to greet students. Participants should maintain social distancing at the stop. No one will be allowed on the buses.
"We felt like this would be a nice pick-me-up that many of us need right now," Bratten said.
Also, Friday at 7:20 p.m., SMF High School seniors can participate in "#SpotlightSMFSeniors" to be recognized with the stadium lights during a parade of cars with many of the 450 graduates in the Class of 2020 participating.
Seniors with last name beginning with A-E should come at 7:20 p.m.; F-K at 7:50 p.m.; L-Ri at 8:20 p.m. and Ro-Z at 8:50 p.m. to prevent a traffic jam.
"We are opening up the high school parking lot loop for seniors to drive through, see the stadium lights on in their honor, and wave to SMFHS staff members who will be standing along the loop to honor the Class of 2020," Bratten said.
In order to abide by the governor's order, students will not be allowed to stop or get out of their vehicles, he added. All parking lots are closed to the public. The only people in the car should be the people the senior lives with. Parents can ride with their student or immediately follow their student’s vehicle.
The stadium and school building will not be open. Photos can be shared of the stadium and loop celebration event at firstname.lastname@example.org
"During these difficult times, we will continue to look for creative ways to still bring us safely together," Bratten said. "We will be announcing more events in the very near future. We realize the importance that school plays in the lives of students and their families and we are going to continue to try to highlight ways to keep us close."