Good Evening Parents,
An email went out to all of you earlier this evening without my consent or knowledge. Please do not call or email Superintendent Bates or the Granite School Board. The final decision to cancel was made by me. Without question it, would violate the restrictions and guidelines we have been given from the State Health Department and would create issues with social distancing I had not fully thought through. I did not follow protocol in getting this approved.
I need to apologize for getting your hope up to perform one last time. We have all wanted to do something for our drama kids since they worked so hard to prepare their parts and sets for our musical to only have it canceled due to Covid 19. My recent thoughts were that it might be possible for us to at least give the parents the production on DVD as we had taped some of the play before school was dismissed for the year. I had thought that it might be possible to bring students in to video the parts that we did not have recorded. I did not think about all of the students and teachers as well as parents that would be required to come to the school in order to accomplish this. Without question it would violate the restrictions we have been given from the State Health Department and would create issues with social distancing I had not fully thought through. I also did not realize the pressure this would place on students and the parents of students to feel like they would need to attend despite fears of potentially being exposed to the virus. The district did inform me of parents that were very uncomfortable with the proposal of bringing their students into the school. I have had to rethink this situation that would put people in an awkward position where they feel danger but also peer pressure. I should have anticipated this and I apologize.
Due to this we are not going to have rehearsals tomorrow but we will go forward with trying to create a DVD of our production with what we have so students and parents will have at least something to remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As you return rented costumes, or school produced costumes in the next couple of days, please collect a gift bag that has been created for the actors in the production and we will notify you when the DVD is ready.
This has been a hard year with so many students in so many schools missing sports, graduation, dances, year-end activities, tryouts, plays etc. Know that I appreciate each of your children and all the work they put into school and this play. I hope they were able to get the learning experience out of the play we want for our students despite the fact that they were unable to have the culminating experience. Again, I am sorry that I did not fully think through the options before I allowed our drama teachers to plan a way to finish the production. This pandemic is serious and I do take serious the safety of our students and their families. That does need to be our number one priority. Thank you for your support of your student, and our school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email me.
Mr. John Anderson Principal
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