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Graduation Update
Graduation Update
Darren Hanna
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The ECSD Administration Team has reviewed feedback from stakeholders and examined the current guidelines from the CDC and Public Health.  The following adjustments will be implemented in the ECSD Graduation Ceremony scheduled for Sunday June 14, 2020:

Emmetsburg High School

Class of 2020 -- Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Graduation Plan - High School Gym

  • Seniors will have a live Graduation ceremony in the HS Gym with limitations and by following guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Palo Alto County Public Health, and Iowa Governor’s Office.

  • Participation in the group ceremony is voluntary/optional.

    • The school will make a special diploma presentation arrangement for any Graduate who is unable to participate in the group ceremony.

  • Each Graduate is allowed to have parents/guardians in attendance.

    • The Palo Alto County Public Health Department strongly encourages no one over the age of 60 or with health conditions putting them at high risk.

    • To prepare, we will ask all graduates to complete a survey letting us know if they will attend and register their parents/guardians that will attend. This survey will be sent to Seniors and their parents and a link will be available on the School Web Page.

  • Graduates will arrive at scheduled times with their parents (do not congregate with others on school premises). Once we receive all surveys, we will send a schedule out to let Graduates/Parents know what time to arrive at the school.

    • Seniors will be asked to arrive early for a photo to be taken in Door #5. They will then go back out Door #5 and get their parents and enter the assigned door. Entry doors will be assigned once we get all Graduate Surveys completed to create the final schedule.

  • Graduates and guests will be screened at the door.

    • Nurse/staff will take temperatures of Graduates and guests.  Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided at the entrance door and entrance to HS Gym.

    • Other staff as needed will be present to help assist and facilitate Graduates and guests after their initial screening by Health staff

  • Masks are encouraged to be worn by all attendees.

  • Pictures by a professional photographer will take place in back of the Auditorium, just inside Door #5 (scheduled times).

    • All students need to have an individual picture taken for class composite.

  • Graduates and guests will be escorted by staff to the HS Gym to be seated.

  • “Pomp & Circumstance” recording will be played as Graduates and guests are entering the HS Gym (Band will not be playing).

  • Upon entering the HS Gym, Graduates will go straight to their designated seats.

    • Graduates’ seating will be spaced out at least 6 feet on the gym floor.

  • Parents/guests will go straight to seating areas in bleachers upon entering the HS Gym.  Staff will be available to assist guests to guest seating areas.

    • Parent/guests seating will be at least 6 feet apart from other guests.

  • Formal Graduation Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm

  • Program

    • Program will include the following speakers:  Class President, Salutatorian, Valedictorian, and Mr. Embrock

    • Presentation of Diplomas

    • Mr. Embrock presents the Class of 2020

    • Recessional will include presentation of flowers to parents

      • Report to car/vehicle and line up for Parade - No reception line

  • A reminder that during this time social distancing precautions should be adhered. If anyone has been in personal contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing any of the following symptoms, we ask that you refrain from attending this event:

    • Fever of 100.4 or above

    • Runny nose, cough, or sore throat