Class of 2020

The “Lake Shelbyville Drive Thru” for the 2020 Senior Class recognition will be held this Saturday, May 16, from 4-5 p.m. It will be at the Scenic Overlook roadway above the Lake Shelbyville Dam.

If inclement weather prevents this event from taking place on the scheduled date and time, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 17. The accommodated time will be determined based upon projected weather conditions.

This event is in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, Shelbyville School District Board of Education, US Army Corps of Engineers, Shelby County Health Department, and the Shelbyville Police Department.

There will be three possible entrances available from 9th Street or Route 16. There will be two lanes of continual traffic movement. All parking is reserved for students and support personnel.

All senior level students should wear their graduation cap & gown. Students should arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. Vehicles should be parked in one of the three available lots (Scenic Overlook with Beach View, Scenic Overlook with Restroom Access, Visitor Center Parking Lot). Students must remain in their vehicles until dismissed by school support personnel.

Students are encouraged to use the restroom prior to coming to the event. School support personnel will coordinate all student movement from start to finish. Students will be purposely placed 6-10 feet apart along the lake view walkway. This area is protected by a guardrail.

Students will be provided with a face mask upon exiting their vehicles. They will be required to wear this when walking to their designated location. Students do not need to continue wearing their mask once they are in their reserved spot.

When returning to their vehicles after the experience, students will be required to wear their provided mask. Please keep these masks for all additional events. They can be washed up to ten times per the manufacturer recommendation. There may be no person-to-person contact during the experience.

Senior sign

The SHS Senior Class 2020 will have a Lake Shelbyville Drive Thru, Saturday 4-5 p.m. on the Dam Overlook Road. Each senior will have their senior sign with them.

Senior yard signs will be set up on display next to each graduating senior. Students should take these home with them after the event.

We will have a professional photographer and a professional videographer on site during the entire experience. Aerial photography (drone usage) is not permitted.

Please help us ensure a safe and steady flow of traffic throughout the experience. At no point in time should spectators/supporters park, or exit their vehicles.

Individuals within your vehicle, with obvious exception to the actual driver, are allowed to safely take photos of the graduates while driving thru the scenic overlook.

However, rest assured that there will be several photos and videos taken during the experience that will be freely shared with the public.

This student experience is accessible to persons with disabilities, and all necessary accommodations for students with special needs will be provided.

John Curtis can be reached at

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