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GCHS graduation set for July

May 21, 2020 - 06:00
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  • GCHS graduation set for July

Greene County High School finalized its graduation plans earlier this week.

On May 18, the Greene County School System issued a press release stating that graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. The decision comes after the COVID-19 outbreak forced schools to close and change graduation plans.

The system announced a Plan A and Plan B for the proceedings.

The primary plan is to hold a traditional commencement ceremony with new guidelines in place.

“Pending no drastic increase in the number of new COVID-19 local cases, the ceremony will take place at Tiger Stadium,” the press release states. “Graduates will be allowed a very limited number of guests; however, the ceremony will be streamed live. All in attendance, including staff, students and guests will exercise mandated precautions, including social distancing, temperature readings and the use of face masks.”

If there is a surge in local confirmed cases of the coronavirus, though, GCHS graduates will be honored with a more intimate, drive-thru celebration.

“In the event that a drastic increase in the number of new COVID-19 local cases occurs, we will move to the alternate plan of a mobile graduation ceremony, which will take place at the front entrance of Greene County High School,” the GCSS announced. “Attendees will be limited to staff and students; however, the ceremony will be streamed live. As with the original plan, those in attendance will exercise mandated precautions.”

Seniors and parents of seniors will receive more detailed information as the graduation date approaches.

The GCSS noted that the new date and time for graduation will not change. That is because the system aims to honor its latest graduates prior to starting the new school year.

“While this is not the ideal way we would hope to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, it is certainly the safest way,” the press release states. “Our goal is to not enter the 2020-21 school term without properly sending off our Class of 2020 graduates.”