Lakeview High School (LHS) Prin. Lane Stratton talked about high school graduation and what it might look like at the Lake County School District #7 (LCSD#7) School Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Stratton said that graduation will occur on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 11 a.m. for the class of 2021; though what it will look like depends on what COVID tier Lake County is in at that time.
For the class of 2020, graduation was a parade through the community, with commencement taking place on a stage in front of the high school. Each senior rode in a vehicle with their friends and family, and then stood in line waiting for their name to be called, at which point they came up to the stage and shook hands with then LCSD#7 Supt. Will Cahill and LCSD#7 Board Pres. Barry Shullanberger. The idea of celebrating via a parade in 2020 was due to COVID restrictions. As indoor events were not allowed to take place at that time, other school districts around the state also held parades for their graduates in 2020.
Stratton told the Board that depending on what tier the County is in will determine what the graduation ceremony will look like, though he envisions that a parade of some sort will still occur. If the County is in the low tier then a ceremony can be held inside the Honker Gym. Though capacity would be limited to 500 people, which will equal around six tickets per a graduate. Though he said he has not worked out how physical distancing will work.
“What is ironic is that under the green tier I can have more people inside the gym than out on the football field,” said Stratton.
If the County is in the moderate tier or higher, that will require the graduation ceremony to change as no more than 100 people will be allowed inside the gym. Stratton said he believes that if the County is in a moderate tier or higher then it will more than likely be a parade and outside ceremony like 2020.
A graduation committee has been formed and is looking at its options. With the uncertainty at what tier Lake County will be by the beginning of June, especially with the potential of the tier changing to a higher tier at the beginning of June. Stratton said that he might ask the district leadership to make a choice about graduation no matter what tier the County is in.
As of the LCSD#7 board meeting the only certainty about the class of 2021 graduation ceremony is the date.
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