NZHS to hold outdoor graduation

Posted 5/12/20

The North Zulch Independent School District will hold an outdoor, in-person ceremony for their graduating class of 2020, as outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in a May 5 release defining possible options for ceremonies, according to Superintendent Alan Andrus.

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NZHS to hold outdoor graduation

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The North Zulch Independent School District will hold an outdoor, in-person ceremony for their graduating class of 2020, as outlined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in a May 5 release defining possible options for ceremonies, according to Superintendent Alan Andrus.

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the district has carved out three possible dates to hold the graduation. They are listed in order of first choice to last choice: Friday, May 22, Thursday, May 21 or Saturday, May 23. All possibilities are slated for 8 p.m. and would be located at the school’s track on Cleveland Road (roads leading to the track will be blocked to the public beginning at 6:30 p.m.).

Andrus suggested the timing of the ceremony could also fluctuate depending on weather.

There is a lengthy list of stipulations required by the TEA in order to execute in-person, outdoor ceremonies. These stipulations include, but are not limited to, health screenings (via questions) upon entry, no more than five individuals in a single party with all parties stationed at least six feet away from each other (as well as a cap on the overall visitors), and the graduates involved cannot meet for any type of rehearsal beforehand.

The entire list of stipulations for in-person, outdoor ceremonies, along with all possible ceremony types, can be found at tea.texas.gov/coronavirus.

“We have been working with (Madison County Judge Tony Leago) and our school board in trying to determine how we are going to do our graduation,” said Andrus. “Obviously, the commissioner came out with the guidelines last week, but we have been planning for the possibility of an in-person, outdoor ceremony for the last three weeks.”

Students can retrieve graduation packets in the High School foyer May 18. The packets will include information regarding parking passes, guest tickets and the COVID-19 health questionnaire.

Graduates will be issued one parking permit to enter the field and one permit to park along the road. Permits must be presented to officials in order to park.

Upon entering the field, graduates and their guests may take photographs in front of the backdrop. Guests will then proceed to their seats on the track, and graduates will sit in the bleachers with appropriate spacing. Graduates and families who want to take family pictures should begin arriving at 7:15.

Graduates’ temperatures will be taken before they enter. More information will follow regarding how to access the ceremony via livestream.

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