Dear Parents and Guardians,
On June 7, Governor Cuomo announced that the state will allow outdoor graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people beginning Friday, June 26. The specified 150 number is the total number of people present at the event including students, families, and staff.
At this news conference, Governor Cuomo said social distancing protocols must be observed at such events. He added that the approval is tentative; permission may be revoked if there is an outbreak or other significant changes in the next two weeks. We hope for further guidance on what the actual regulations will entail this week and will work with Essex County Public Health to explore our options. We will post the details of the ceremony on our website once a plan is approved.
To best accommodate this possible opportunity, we will be moving our Graduation date to Saturday June 27th regardless of the type of ceremony we are allowed. This will allow time for the Governor to let us know the requirements of holding an in-person event. At the time of this letter, the Governor has not given an Executive Order officially offering the opportunity for an in-person ceremony. Please understand these decisions are not made by our district and we must follow all requirements from the Governor’s office and our Health Officials.
It has also been brought to our attention that there are members of our students’ families who may be medically vulnerable and in-person ceremonies may make them uncomfortable or prohibit them from attending. If you would like a private, in-person ceremony where your student can cross the stage and receive their diploma without being a part of the entire ceremony, please call our High School Office at 518-585-7400, ext. 1412. We will work to accommodate this situation.