5-12-20 9:00AM **COVID-19 Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies**

COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES

The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Education urge school districts to be thoughtful and careful in choosing the safest way to celebrate graduation.

The following requirements should be followed when conducting a controlled “personalized” graduation ceremony.
 
• Families are called into the area (auditorium/stadium) one-by-one. No more than ten people total including school administration, student walks across the stage, exits the opposite direction, and returns to their car. The next family enters the designated area.

• Masks are required for family members that exit the car.

• Appropriate social distancing at all times.

• Students will remain with family members as they exit the area. We ask that people not congregate in the parking lot and no group photos (other than with family members).

It is important that every effort is made to avoid mass gatherings which potentially would allow the virus to spread quickly.  The Ohio Department of Health has defined mass gatherings as a group of ten people or more who do not live in the same household.  The ban on mass gatherings includes any outdoor ceremonies even if social distancing is achieved.

We know this is a disappointment for our many seniors and their families.  We share your sadness and thank you for your cooperation as we remain committed to holding these ceremonies in the safest way possible for all Ohioans.

For additional information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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