Junior High 8th Grade Graduation

The Valley Christian Junior High Graduation will take place in person on Friday, June 4 at 4pm! We are also hosting an optional 8th grade student party at Coyote Ranch on Wednesday, June 2, from 2:45 to 6:30pm. A livestream option will be provided to families who do not prefer to attend in person for VCJH Graduation. Check back here for the livestream link on the day of the event.  

JH GRADUATION
Livestream to watch virtually
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VIEW ON DAY OF EVENT - JUNE 4, 2021 | 4:00-5:15PM

JUNIOR HIGH GRADUATION 
FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021 | 4:00-5:15PM
VCS FOOTBALL FIELD | IN-PERSON
100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111
Livestream Starts at 4:00pm


  REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR GRADUATION EVENTS!
If you have questions or changes to your reservation, please contact your campus directly. 

The number of guests permitted to attend VCJH in person Graduation is four (4) per student for only in-state or fully vaccinated out-of-state, pre-registered guests. Each student and their guests are considered a “pod.” Please read through the entire COVID Protocol for Graduation Events to understand the guidelines of your pod. We will have a livestream option for Junior High Graduation for students and families who would like to watch from home instead of in-person. 

As we plan for Graduation Day, please know that we are making every effort to assure that this day is special for you and your child while making decisions based on the latest COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. We will continue to keep you informed as we finalize our plans. We pray that this will be a memorable time in your child’s life. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (408) 513-2460.

Additional Information

RETURNING TO VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS INSTRUCTIONS

If you are a family who is coming to campus for the very first time or are attending a Valley Christian Schools event, be sure that you have completed the COVID-19 Waiver & Release Form for your student. Students without this form completed will be asked to leave campus and the event.

If this is your student's first time on VCS Campus or attending a Valley Christian Schools event, be sure to follow the Darcy App Instructions and sign the COVID Release Form (instructions on how to sign the release form below)

COVID Release Form Instructions
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN THE WAIVER 
Only for students who are returning to campus
or attending a Valley event for the first time

OPTIONAL GRADUATION PARTY
Wednesday, June 2 | 2:45-6:30pm
Coyote Ranch Rd, Coyote, CA 95013
Parents Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The Graduation Party will take place at Coyote Ranch on Wednesday, June 2, from 2:45 to 6:30pm. The graduates will enjoy dinner, Just Dance 4, several large inflatables, and more! This is a student-only event. Parent/Guardians, please remain in your vehicle when dropping-off and picking-up your student. Registration is required. 

No negative COVID test is required but all students must pass the Darcy Heath Screening at school that morning.  Keep your Darcy wristband on for the party that afternoon. 

If your student is a distance learner but will be attending the party, please be sure to follow the Darcy App InstructionsYou  will be required to show the QR code when dropping off your child.  You will also need to sign the COVID release form. (please see COVID RELEASE FORM instructions)

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IN-PERSON GRADUATION PRACTICE
Friday, June 4 | 8:20-11:15am
VCS Football Field

Graduation practice is on Friday, June 4, from 8:20 to 11:15am. Every graduate attending rehearsal must go to the Student Life Center for the Darcy screening and then meet on the football field by 8:20am. All graduates must remain until Graduation Practice has been completed. No exceptions. Please arrange for your child’s transportation home. Students may not remain on campus after 12:30pm. 

At the conclusion of practice, all students will receive a sash and a Cross pin to be worn at Graduation along with the Graduation Event wristbands for all pre-registered graduates and guests.

The sash will be embroidered with VCJH 2021 and the Cross pin is to be worn on the sash below the embroidered 2021. Students earning a 3.5 or higher GPA in each of the first three quarters of their eighth-grade year will receive the VCJH Honors Pin to be worn on their sash during the Graduation Ceremony. These students will also receive the President’s Award with their diploma. 

*Due to wind currents at the stadium, we highly recommend that you pin the sash to the clothing with a safety pin on the underside of the sash.  

**This year, robes will NOT be worn for the Graduation Ceremony.

JUNIOR HIGH GRADUATION CEREMONY
Friday, June 4 | 4:00-5:15pm
VCS Football Field

Please allow yourself plenty of time for arrival and check-in on the day of the Graduation Ceremony. We would like the graduates to meet on the Soccer Field on Friday, June 4 at 3:15pm.

The Graduation Ceremony will be held in our football stadium on Friday, June 4, at 4:00pm. The stadium does not have a roof, so come prepared to sit in the beautiful sunshine. Bring a hat or scarf, water, and a seat cushion for the bleachers. We do not recommend umbrellas because they will block the view of those sitting behind you. The stadium will be open for seating at 3:15pm. All graduates need to be on the soccer field at 3:15pm. 

JUNIOR HIGH GRADUATION DETAILS

GRADUATION DRESS CODE

The student dress code for the Graduation Ceremony is as follows:

  • Boys: Dress shirt, slacks, shoes, and tie. No shorts
  • Girls: Dressy dress or slacks and dress shoes
  • Please remember that these students still represent Valley Christian Junior High School and need to dress modestly and appropriately to stay within the VCJH dress code.   

GRADUATION DAY PHOTOS

Lifetouch Photography will be on campus during Graduation, taking a photo of the graduate during the ceremony. Information will be emailed after the event with instructions about accessing, viewing, and purchasing photos. 

GRADUATION DAY PARKING

  • Parking on campus is limited limited to one (1) vehicle per “pod.” Each student and their guests are considered a “pod.” Students can only bring up to “four (4) people” to Graduation.​​​​​
  • There are a limited number of handicapped parking places in the visitor parking area, White Lot, on campus. If the person who needs additional assistance is a passenger, please drop them off at the stadium and park in a regular space.

GRADUATION DAY SCHEDULE

3:15pm - The stadium opens to begin seating for the graduation ceremony.
3:15pm - Graduates must be on the soccer field to line up for the ceremony.
4:00pm - VCJH In-Person Graduation Ceremony begins.
4:00pm - VCJH Live Stream Graduation Ceremony begins.
Approximately 5:00pm - VCJH Graduation Ceremony concludes.

 

Day of Event Details for JH Graduation

3:00pm – The Stadium Opens to Begin Seating for the Graduation Ceremony

  • All guests must enter through stadium stairwells and verify event wristbands with Security.

  • Security will direct anyone without a wristband to the Guest Services tent (located on the Conservatory lawn) for assistance.

3:15pm – Graduates Must be on the Soccer Field to Line Up for the Ceremony

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.

4:00pm – VCJH In-Person Graduation Ceremony Begins

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.
  • Graduates must be seated with a minimum physical distancing of at least 6’ between seats.
  • Handshakes, hugs, high fives..etc are not allowed. Lots of applause is encouraged!
  • Diploma or diploma cover may be handed to graduates on stage by a staff member wearing gloves. Official diplomas will be mailed home after the ceremony
  • Individual graduate photo will take place off of the stage. Each graduate may remove their mask during the individual photo (if desired) while maintaining a minimum of 6’ from photographer and all others. Mask must be worn at all other times. 

Approximately 5:00pm – VCJH Graduation Ceremony Concludes

Please remain seated until the graduates have exited and your section is dismissed. Please maintain physical distancing while exiting the stadium and returning to your vehicle.

  • VIP guests seated on the field and parked in green lot will be directed to exit to their left and down the stairwell to the Conservatory lawn. VIP guests may pick up their graduate from the lawn and proceed to the green lot.
  • Security staff will dismiss guests from the stadium one section at a time exiting to their right using the far right stairwell exit (closest to soccer field).
  • One designated guest may pick up the graduate at the Conservatory lawn. All other guests will proceed directly to the parking lot.

Event Entry for Guests & Students

  • Guests will receive registration confirmation and event wristbands from their campus coordinator in advance of events. The wristband is your ticket to enter the Graduation event. Guests with wristbands may go directly to the stadium entrances for security check-in. Guests must sit with their pods physically distanced from other pods. Stadium bleachers are marked appropriately.
  • When graduates and guests arrive at the event, graduates will go to their check-in location as directed by each campus event coordinator and guests will go directly to the stadium entrance where security will check for wristbands.
    • Attendance MUST be recorded of all graduates along with checking their Darcy Pass for the day.
    • All graduates must be wearing the graduation event wristband and show a valid Darcy Fast Pass for the day to participate in graduation. No exceptions.
  • Guest wristbands will be verified by Security personnel at each entry location.
    • All attendees (graduates, guests, employees, VIPs) must have a wristband to enter the event, no exceptions.
      • Graduate or guest without an event wristband will be sent to the “Guest Services” tent for assistance

Guests

We look forward to welcoming you at Valley Christian Schools! Below you will find some information to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Entrance

Wristbands are required for entrance to all graduation events. Campuses will distribute wristbands to all pre-registered guests in advance of each event.  

Guests arriving without a wrist band will not be permitted at the venue, no exceptions.

What to Expect at Graduation

As you prepare for your visit to Valley Christian Schools, there are a few things to know.

First, the health and safety of guests and graduates is our top priority. To ensure a safe experience for all, we will be requiring the following:

  • All health and safety measures will be observed, based on California and county guidelines, as well as campus policies, which require continuous masking at graduation ceremonies, except when actively hydrating.
  • Guests will be required to self-screen for COVID symptoms prior to entry. Please do not attend graduation eventsif you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
    • Have you ever had any of these symptoms in the past three (3) days? Yes or No
      • Fever (+100 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Chills
      • Cough
      •  Sore throat
      •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Fatigue (new)
      • Muscle/body aches (new)
      • Headaches (new)
      • Loss of sense of smell or taste (new)
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
    • In the past 14 days, have you had a positive COVID-19 test? Yes or No

Upon arrival, guest pods will be escorted directly to the seating area. Each pod will be directed to a designated set of seats where they will be seated together. Each graduate or graduate and guests pod will be seated socially distanced.

Following each ceremony, all guests will recess as they are directed row by row, maintaining social distancing. We ask graduates and guests not to congregate in the venue or on campus before or after the ceremony. This will allow us to maintain appropriate social distancing. 

Traffic around campus will be heavy, so please plan to arrive early. This will allow time for parking and walking to Warrior Stadium. Gates will open one hour prior to each graduation event. Keep in mind, traffic will be heavy leaving campus after the ceremonies as well. Please plan for additional time to depart.

For guests who are unable to join in person, a livestream of each graduation event will be broadcast on the specific campus graduation website. 

Important Note:

Valley Christian Schools cannot allow graduates and guests to loiter after this event, so please make your way off-campus in a timely manner. Please plan to take pictures off-campus.
 

COVID Protocol for Graduation Events

Event Registration Required

  • Each graduate must register.
  • Only in-state or fully vaccinated out-of-state, pre-registered guests may attend graduation events.
  • Attendance is limited to pre-registered school employees, graduates, household members, and family members.
  • In lieu of in-person attendance, a live broadcast will be available for those individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (e.g., due to age or high-risk underlying conditions) or living out of state.
  • Each graduate is allowed one (1) pod which consists of up to four (4) guests. Names and an email address of each guest will be required when registering.

Health & Safety

  • Individuals who are sick or in isolation or quarantine must remain at home.
  • All attendees are required to self-screen for fever and COVID-19 symptoms before leaving home for the event.
  • If you are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, you should NOT attend the graduation events.
  • Face coverings are required at all times. Please come prepared.
  • As of May 19, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier. The CDPH no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative test of graduates or guests attending graduation events. VCS has removed this requirement from our Health & Safety protocols for these events.
  • 6-foot physical distancing must be maintained from those outside their pod.
  • Each pod will be seated in the stadium stands with a minimum of 6-feet physical distancing from other pods. Those in the same pod do not need to be 6-feet apart.
  • Please remain seated until the graduates have exited and your section is dismissed.
  • Guests will not be allowed on the field after the ceremony.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, refreshments will not be provided.  No food is allowed in the stadium and water fountains have been turned off following county guidelines. If necessary, please bring your own water bottle.

Graduation Parking & Transportation

  • Limit one (1) vehicle per “pod.” Each student and their guests are considered a “pod.” Students can only bring up to “four (4) people” to graduation.​​​​​
  • VCS will not be offering shuttle service for graduation events. All graduates and their guests must arrive together in pre-registered pods.
    • Parking on the Skyway Campus is for family pods and VIP parking only. No student or faculty parking available.

High School Baccalaureate Parking & Transportation

Parking on the Skyway Campus is for guests only at the Baccalaureate Service that evening. Seniors will need to park at the Capitol Station park and ride (Address: 13043 Fehren Dr, San Jose, CA 95111) and be shuttled up to VCHS football stadium beginning at 2:45pm and will end at 3:45pm. Please arrive early so that you can make it up to Skyway by 4:00pm. 

Updates

  • Please continue to monitor your emails, your newsletter and our graduation webpages for details about rehearsals, day-of procedures, etc.
  • Please continue to visit our graduation webpages for the latest graduation information.

 

Novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID-19”), has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies have recommended or required social distancing, the wearing of masks, and imposed other limitations regarding the congregation of groups of people.  
 
Valley Christian Schools (“VCS”) has put in place preventative measures in an attempt to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19; however, VCS cannot guarantee that any attendee to the VCS campus will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Attending graduation in person is not required. Instead, attendance is voluntary and optional, at the discretion of each family. However, attending graduation in person could increase the risk of you or any other household member (“Family”) being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19.  
 
By choosing to voluntarily enter the VCS campus, you are expressly acknowledging the contagious nature of COVID-19 and agreeing that you are voluntarily assuming the risk of any injury or damage related to COVID-19 for you and your Family. This includes, but is not be limited to, potential personal injury, illness, emotional distress, permanent disability, medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, and death.