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End-of-year ceremonies—on or off?

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Uniting with other school districts throughout the nation as part of the “Be the Light” initiative, blue lights were installed in the light fixtures of the front entrance to Muncy High School last Friday. While the campaign asked districts to turn on their football stadium lights and scoreboards, Muncy opted to stand out from the crowd. A light snow occurred at the time of the campaign. Thanks to Chris Frey for sharing the photo!

MUNCY-The final three months of a high school senior’s life are a whirlwind of activities, including prom, the senior awards assembly, and commencement exercises. Administration, class advisors and school board members are collaborating on how to meet those expectations while maintaining the guidelines for social distancing, due to COVID-19.

The school district is planning to offer students a portion of those activities later this summer, pending the lift of social distancing restrictions. Although no dates have been specified, tentative plans are to conduct an in-person graduation ceremony in July or early August. Adherent to public gatherings require groups not to exceed 250 people at the time of the ceremony, likely limiting tickets for graduation per senior.

Traditionally, commencement occurs on the front lawn of the high school campus; however, the ceremony location may be moved indoors, pending the number of individuals permitted under the guidelines. Based on those terms, only immediate family members would be permitted to attend, while non-immediate family members may view graduation via a website link. Diplomas are to be tentatively mailed on June 8, if all local and state graduation requirements are met by the seniors.

Arrangements are also being worked out for the junior-senior prom in July or early August and more than likely will be held on a weeknight with the prom venue in Millville. Once a date has been secured, specific information regarding tickets will be made known via district communication.

Scholarship and award winners for the Senior Honors assembly and class night will be posted to the district’s website on May 29. The senior picnic, which includes award recipients associated with that event, will be announced on June 3. The senior picnic falls under the same social distancing guidelines and it is hopeful that the picnic will also occur during the summer.