Last week, members of the Carroll ISD Leadership team met with Carroll Senior High School administrative team and student leaders to discuss options for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies.
Honoring the Class of 2020 is a high priority during this extended emergency closure. During these discussions, three options for graduation were discussed and decided upon.
Graduation Plan A would have the Class of 2020 graduating on May 29 at Dragon Stadium as originally planned. This plan can only happen if Physical distancing restrictions have been lifted for large group gatherings by that date. Even then, attendees and graduates can expect some changes to be announced to comply with physical distancing and safety requirements, for example, seat spacing, hand sanitizing stations, and facemasks.
The second plan, or Graduation Plan B, would have the Class of 2020 graduating on Friday, July 31 at Dragon Stadium after sunset, or in another pre-determined indoor location that has yet to be determined. This plan can only happen if Plan A is canceled and if physical distancing restrictions have been lifted for large-group gathers by July 31. As with Plan A, attendees and graduates may need to be aware of potential safety measures that would still be in place on that date.
Finally, if both Plan A and Plan B cannot occur, Carroll ISD will host a “modified” event on Friday, July 31 without an in-person audience. The details for Graduation Plan C are yet to be determined. Plan C will only occur if Plan A and Plan B are canceled and if physical distancing restrictions are STILL in place on July 31. This would not necessarily a “virtual” event, but it would take all COVID-19 restrictions in mind during the planning and would not include a large-group gathering with an audience. This plan is the last resort graduation plan and will only take place if the district can not host an in-person event.
The district released a Class of 2020 FAQ page in their COVID-19 website that covers each of these graduation plans, as well as many other questions that parents have asked recently. To view the Class of 2020 FAQ, click here.