May 29, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Jefferson ISD announced procedures for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony last week.
“Our plans were designed within the mandated framework, putting the safety of all participants and the greater community first,” Superintendent Rob Barnwell said. “We are thankful to be able to offer the Class of 2020 a traditional in-person graduation.
This year’s graduation exercise will be different from any JHS has held before.
ARRIVAL: Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival observe the social distancing guideline of at least six feet while in the parking area and while in line waiting to enter the stadium. Masks/facial coverings are recommended, but not required.
SCREENING: All participants and attendees will be screened prior to entry (see attached for screening and symptoms). If you are exhibiting any symptoms you will not be allowed to enter the stadium.
ENTRY: Graduates and graduate family members who will be seated on the field will enter gate 3 (large double gate). Additional family, friends, and the general public will enter gates 1 and 2 (gates on the sides of the ticket booth).
SEATING: Graduates and up to nine family members per graduate will sit in designated areas on the field. Seating for all other attendees will be available along the track in socially distanced chairs and both home and visitor bleachers. Do not move the chairs located on the track. Bleachers marked red are not for use and are excluded to ensure proper distancing. Up to five members of the same household may sit together in the bleachers, but must stay at least six feet away from any other family group or individual at all times. When entering a row in the bleachers, move along the row as far as distancing allows to prevent violation of distancing guidelines and maintain bleacher capacity. Both school and security personnel will be present to ensure guidelines are followed.
CEREMONY: To ensure compliance with distancing guidelines please remain at your seat during the ceremony.
EXITING: Graduates and family that are seated on the field will be the first to exit the stadium. All other guests will be dismissed soon after in an organized manner. Please do not exit until asked by a JISD administrator. No group gatherings or photos will be allowed on school premises.
ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook live via link on the JISD website and will be aired on KMHT 103.9 radio. If your attendance is not necessary it is recommended that you participate through an alternative method.
“JISD asks that everyone do their part to ensure the safety of all participants and attendees by following the protocol explained above and as required by state mandate,” Barnwell said.
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