Congratulations to all the high school students in San Mateo County who have endured so much since schools were shut down March 16 because of the COVID-19 crisis.
So much has been taken away from them as they’ve been forced to distance learn, give up sports and social activities such as prom. On Tuesday, June 2, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution I co-sponsored with Supervisor Don Horsley honoring and commending our graduating classes of 2020.
This is a time to be grateful for the future, share the blessings in your life with others and make a conscious effort to make life better for others. Graduation is a major milestone and a rite of passage in a young person’s life; wearing a cap and gown, walking in commencement ceremonies and moving on to the next stage in life.
But this year is different. Graduations have essentially become virtual including at the five high schools in the Jefferson Union High School District – Jefferson, Westmoor, Oceana, Terra Nova and Thornton.
At our May 19 Board of Supervisors meeting, I requested a one-time grant of $103,000 in district-specific Measure K funds to pay for virtual graduation ceremonies for more than 1,000 graduates of the class of 2020.
In addition, their caps, gowns and tassels will be covered by this grant. We will not let COVID-19 rob our seniors of this once in a lifetime milestone. A virtual graduation is the safest way to celebrate these students’ accomplishments. Graduation is exciting for not just the students but for the families and friends who support them along this incredible journey.
Congratulations again to all our graduating seniors and the class of 2020.
David J. Canepa serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and represents Brisbane.