Your recent cover photo of John Jay graduates really hit me badly. I am all for seniors celebrating and being honored for the incredible resiliency they have exhibited this year. However, the picture of a group of girls bunched together without masks and visible touching was not the right message. So much was done by the school system, parents, teachers, volunteers, etc., to create a new type of graduation that adhered to COVID social distancing policies. Having an “old- fashioned” photo reminiscent of the past ways of celebrating was a real miss for The Record-Review. If all the John Jay graduates stood outside their cars to move over their tassels as detailed in your article, that would have been a much more socially responsible photo to use.
As things stand, we are all being asked to still wear masks, keep socially distancing to keep New York and our community moving forward. As a parent, we are all working hard to ensure our children of all ages, follow these guidelines. I would expect The Record-Review to choose photos that exemplify the type of behavior we need from everyone in the community (young and old).