By Garrett Mitchell, Contributing Writer
As is every school district across the state of South Carolina, Woodruff District Four schools are racing to put into place graduation plans for Woodruff High School’s 2020 senior class amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With social distancing guidelines still in place, and with in-person classes cancelled for the remainder of the academic year, a traditional graduation ceremony seems an unlikely scenario at this time. With that in mind, District Four Superintendent Dr. Rallie Liston and Woodruff High School Principal Dr. Aaron Fulmer are reaching out to the district’s seniors for their input.
The district administration distributed via mail a survey to all graduating seniors on April 27, a copy of which was acquired by The Woodruff Times. Seniors are given three choices, asked to circle the option of their choosing, and return the survey to the District Four offices.
Those options are as follows:
This option would be disseminated as an internet upload to seniors and their families, including pre-recorded opening remarks and recorded speeches from Woodruff High honor graduates as well as the official senior portrait or other appropriate alternate photograph of each graduate as their name is called.
Social Distancing Graduation
This option would allow for an in-person graduation ceremony to be held in W.L. Varner Stadium in late May and would be a modification of the traditional graduation ceremony. Each graduate would be limited to four guests permitted to attend the ceremony and guests would be assigned by lottery to a seating area. Graduates would be appropriately spaced on the field in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Alternate dates and times would also be approved to take into account any inclement weather and the ceremony would be streamed live through an internet feed.
Woodruff High School would hold a traditional, non-restricted graduation ceremony later in the summer after all restrictions and social distancing guidelines have been lifted, with date and time being contingent upon when those restrictions are removed.
Seniors have a deadline of May 6 to return the survey to the district administration.
As of this printing, no additional information on graduation plans has been made available and the situation is pending. District administration were unable to comment and more information will be released as it is made available.
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