RI Seniors react to cancellation of the rest of the school year

Permanently moving to remote learning for the rest of the year means Rhode Island's 202o high school class will have to miss out on many of the traditional end-of-year activities like prom, and graduation.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Permanently moving to remote learning for the rest of the year means Rhode Island’s 202o high school class will have to miss out on many of the traditional end-of-year activities like prom, and graduation.

And unfortunately for seniors, it means goodbye, without even getting to sign a yearbook.

Many of them told ABC 6 they are feeling frustrated, and upset.

“I never thought that my senior year was going to be like this,” said Senior at La Salle Academy Rachel Pesce.

“You go to school for 12 years and the last three months are the best,” said Toll Gate High School Senior Adam

Zelano.

Governor Raimondo announced Thursday she would have to cancel the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“I was trying to stay hopeful,” said North Providence High School Senior Emily Potter. “Today when it happened it just felt so unreal.”

Now the class of 2020 is grappling with how to accept the fact that they won’t be able to have a normal senior spring.

“I feel like I was robbed of a graduation,” said Senior at the Hillside Alternative Program David Brown. “It’s supposed to be my best year and it was ruined.”

The governor did offer some alternative ideas, like doing some kind of televised event for all seniors.

“We’re going to recognize you and your talent and your accomplishment in new and different ways,” said Raimondo.

But many seniors told ABC 6, they’d actually rather wait and have a regular in-person ceremony when it’s deemed safe.

“I would love the traditional graduation. I do not care if it has to be when I come back from college Thanksgiving weekend,” said Pesce. “My parents want to see me walk across the stage, I want to see me walk across the stage.”

Ariana Block and her twin Alexandra, who attend Coventry High School, are trying to think of creative ways to still celebrate with their peers.

They say they think it would be possible to hold the graduation on its normal date at a drive- in so that everyone could remain socially distanced in their cars.

“It would be cool to just have some kind of closure and not just go to college without getting to see all of our high school friends one last time,” said Ariana.

All of the seniors told ABC 6 they hope to have some kind of celebration soon.

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