Mineola ISD lays out plans for hosting live graduation

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Mineola ISD has offered guidelines for the planned live high school graduation ceremony Friday, June 5 with an alternate of Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. at Meredith Memorial Stadium.

If the ceremony has to be canceled due to increased restrictions concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, a virtual graduation was filmed May 19 and would be shown instead at the planned graduation time.

The graduation will also be broadcast live, and those 65 or older or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to watch the broadcast.

Each student will receive five wristbands for guest access to the stadium, along with three parking permits.

All graduates and attendees will be required to present a health screening survey prior to entering.

Gates will open at 7 p.m. Seating will be first come, first served, and appropriate seating will be marked to preserve social distancing.

Restrooms will be available for emergency use and will be monitored for single use, and faucets and door handles will be wiped down briefly after each use.

Following the ceremony students will be escorted to their vehicles by school staff – no guests on the field. Guests will be released once students have started exiting, and gatherings in the parking lot are discouraged.

“After all this class has been through, finishing the year participating in a live graduation ceremony allows our students and their families to experience some degree of normalcy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Superintendent Cody Mize. “Our goal is to create a safe environment for our students, staff and guests as we come together to celebrate the Class of 2020.”

Mize noted that state guidelines impacting graduations could change at any time, so participants should remain flexible.

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