The Nashville Community High School has canceled its graduation plan that was scheduled to begin next week.
According to an email that was sent to parents on Thursday morning, the plans were put on hold due to state restrictions that were previously announced on Wednesday.
State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala gave out more specific prohibitions on in-person graduations, including any drive-through, parade or photo opportunities.
Dr. Ayala states,: “In-person graduation ceremonies are not allowed at this time. A drive-through graduation/recognition ceremony or events where students come in small groups to the school or another location for a photo or to walk across the stage are in-person and therefore, not allowed. The Governor’s extended stay at home order prohibits group gatherings. While there may be a time when large events can be held, it is not known when that will be safe. Districts should find other ways to honor 8th grade students and seniors through virtual ceremonies and celebrations.
The NCHS board spoke last week about a possible virtual graduation where students could be filmed and the video would be edited to resemble a more traditional ceremony.
Principal Mark Begando said because of this update, the school will be coming up with other ways to have year-end celebrations when the restrictions are lifted.
“We will continue to put our efforts together to create a virtual graduation ceremony for our graduates,” he said. “When the Executive Orders have been lifted and we have new information from Superintendent Ayala, we will consider other options to celebrate and honor our graduates.”