Last Tuesday, May 5, Governor Greg Abbott announced that schools may hold one of four different graduation ceremonies laid out by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to celebrate the accomplishments of 2020 high school seniors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Gov. Abbott has gradually allowed more businesses to open across the state, it’s still too soon to hold a gathering as large as a traditional graduation ceremony.
Here is what that looks like for Atascosa and Mc- Mullen County schools.
Pleasanton High School
Pleasanton ISD will hold an outdoor in-person graduation ceremony at Eagle Stadium on Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all graduates, staff members and guests, the following ceremony restrictions will be applied:
• Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
• A maximum of four guests per graduate will be allowed to attend.
• The graduation ceremony will be held, rain or shine.
• The ceremony will be live streamed.
The date is subject to change based on the guidance and requirements put out by the Texas Education Commissioner and/or the Texas Education Agency.
Jourdanton High School
Jourdanton ISD has announced they will hold an outdoor in-person ceremony for 2020 seniors on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m.
In order to be able to host our graduation ceremony, we must strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth by our governor and TEA. Significant changes to the format of the ceremony are required by the TEA guidelines, such as limiting the number of family members to four per graduate. At-risk populations are strongly discouraged from attending in person. In response, JISD will attempt to live stream the ceremony. More details on other social distancing and safety protocols will be released in the coming days.
Keep your eye out on the Jourdanton Pride Facebook page for more details.
Poteet High School
Poteet ISD announced Tuesday morning that they will hold an Outdoor In-Person Graduation Ceremony at Aggie Stadium on Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m.
Only four guests per graduate are allowed. Graduates will sit six feet apart on the football field with 50 graduates on either side of the stage.
Two parents or guardians per graduate will sit six feet apart on the track with two additional guest seats per graduate sitting six feet apart in the bleachers.
All graduates and faculty will be wearing Aggie face masks. All guests are required to wear a face mask if they are attending the ceremony.
Guests will be seated and dismissed incrementally to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Nurses will be on site to screen all participants for COVID-19 symptoms as well as security to enforce all safety procedures.
Poteet ISD will live stream the ceremony for those who cannot attend.
This plan is subject to changes and/or adjustments as needed or recommended.
Charlotte High School
Charlotte ISD will be holding a Vehicle Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 29 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduates and five family members, all in one car from the same household, will be allowed to exit the vehicle for the graduate to receive their diploma. The district will have a photographer available to take a photo of each graduate, in cap and gown, with their five family members after they have received their diploma.
Charlotte ISD will be screening all graduates and family members attending the ceremony for COVID-19 symptoms as the date approaches. All social distancing protocols will be followed. More information will be released as the date approaches.
Right after the ceremony, graduates will participate in a Senior Parade through town starting at 7 p.m. Graduates will meet at the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Station. Friends and family are encouraged to show their spirit with banners and posters all while being mindful of COVID-19 recommendations by the CDC and Gov. Greg Abbott: groups of less than five people and practicing social distancing of at least six feet apart.
McMullen County ISD
McMullen County ISD will host a Virtual Hybrid Graduation Ceremony inside the MCISD gymnasium on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m., followed by a senior student parade.
Graduates and six family members are allowed to enter the gymnasium. The ceremony will be live streamed for those not in attendance.
MCISD will continue to honor all the health and safety practices surrounding the coronavirus and ask you do the same during the ceremony. If you are attending, they ask you to please follow these guidelines:
• Complete a required health and safety questionnaire no sooner than 24 hours prior to graduation. If it is not completed and returned accordingly, you will not be allowed to attend graduation. Questionnaire and guidelines for completion will be released to each senior this Thursday.
• Each family will be given a designated time to arrive. If you arrive early, please remain in your vehicle until it is your entry time. We will dismiss from the graduation ceremony the same way, one family at a time.
• We ask that all visitors remain six feet apart upon entry, during and upon exit.
• We ask that all visitors wear a mask upon entering and exiting the gym. Once you are seated, if you choose, you may remove the mask during the ceremony.
• Sanitizer will be provided at the door and we ask that everyone please use it upon entry and exit.
• If you are feeling ill, please do not attend.
• If you have been near or in contact with a carrier of COVID-19 within 14 days of the ceremony, please do not attend.
A website link for the graduation live streaming will be provided on the MCISD website once logistics are completed.
Lytle High School
Lytle ISD will hold an Outdoor In-Person Graduation Ceremony at Pirate Stadium on Friday, June 5. Tentative time is 9 p.m. due to the hot weather.
Each graduate is allowed four tickets for family members. Each family will be given a time to report to the stadium and assigned seats that are marked for social distancing. The families at the top of the stands will arrive first. Each family will also be given five customized Lytle Pirate Class of 2020 face masks. After the ceremony, families will be dismissed in reverse order.
Hand sanitizer will be available at each of the four entrances. The microphone will have a windhover and be replaced after each speaker. Diplomas will be placed on a table on stage and the student will pick it up while taking a picture.
For more information or updates on your school’s graduation ceremony, please follow their respective Facebook pages or visit their school websites.