Senior tests positive at Mt. Hope High School, virtual “crossing the stage” postponed
BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – Mt. Hope High School administrators alerted students and parents on Tuesday that a senior tested positive for COVID-19.
According to school officials, they were contacted by a parent on Monday and told a senior tested tested positive. The student was asymptomatic, but contact tracing revealed the senior had been in contact with other students.
As a result, the school’s administrators decided to postpone Tuesday’s Crossing the Stage video commencement recording until the school receives more information about the potential exposure to a number of students.
The school was planning on having students come in-person in their caps and gowns to record them walking across the stage and getting their diploma. They were going to compile the footage and air it at the drive-in theater in a couple of weeks as a substitute for a traditional graduation.
Many seniors were eager to participate in the video shoot after losing their senior year to distance learning.
“I had just finished decorating my cap and gown. I even purchased a mask that says class of 2020,” said senior Makayla Soares.
Students were extremely disappointed when they found out the shoot was postponed.
“I was super upset,” said senior Jillian Parker. “Crossing that stage and showing this is what I earned, this is what I worked for these four years– being able to move my tassel and throw my cap– I was so looking forward to that.”
Students hope the postponement will not lead to a cancellation.
“If we we’re still able to have the drive-in somehow, I think that’s really cool and would be a fun kind of event,” said senior Colby Dagwan-Santos.
The school has not yet revealed when the rescheduled video shoot will be. School officials are now working with the Rhode Island Department of Health to figure out how to move forward.