COOLIDGE — Officials from the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology said they plan on celebrating the achievements of students completing the Career and Technical Education program in-person as soon as it is viable for them to do so.
Superintendent Mike Glover gave an update on the issue during the school’s telephonic Governing Board meeting on Wednesday. CAVIT typically holds the annual completion ceremony— which recognizes second-year students who have successfully concluded their studies in their respective programs— in the second week of May.
To adhere to social distancing guidelines and the ongoing stay-at-home order, however, the district will not hold the event.
Instead, district administrators said that as soon as they are given the green light, they plan on acknowledging students at an in-person ceremony.
“I have announced to all of our stakeholders that we are postponing (the ceremony); we are not canceling it,” Glover said. “As soon as local, state and national guidelines allow us to hold an in-person event, and as well as that we are able to secure a site to hold that, we will recognize the outstanding achievements of our students.”
Since the school district plans to hold an in-person ceremony at a later date, it will not hold a virtual ceremony in May Glover confirmed.
But though they may technically in the process of completing the program, second year students at CAVIT will have to return to the district sometime in the summer to complete their industry certifications coursework.
“Some students have to do labs in the classroom (and) some students have to go do clinical and internship experiences,” Glover told board members. However, he noted, that the district is currently unable to determine if it will be able to begin offering opportunities for students to complete their certifications in June.
If CAVIT is unable to bring students back in the summer, they will be afforded an opportunity to return in the Fall of 2020-21.
Grades for all CAVIT students were also frozen after the third quarter, so as to preserve the progress students had made prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We did not feel it was fair to grade during school closure because some students may not have technology, they may not have the capacity to do the work— (there’s) lots of reasons why that might not have been appropriate to grade them,” Glover said.