New guidelines for school graduations in Massachusetts
ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — As the end of the school year approaches, the state of Massachusetts has laid out guidelines allowing schools to host graduation and commencement ceremonies this year.
Per the Department of Public Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, all public and private K-12 schools and colleges and universities can hold ceremonies.
There will be no capacity limit for ceremonies held outside as long as students, faculty and guests are spaced at least 6 feet apart.
Indoor ceremonies are also allowed but must follow the state’s capacity limits for indoor event venues.
“It works really well for us,” said Tim Sullivan, president of Bishop Feehan High School.
“It kind of matches what we already do,” Sullivan continued. “Our June 3rd graduation will still be outside, we’ll still be masked obviously, and we’ll probably have some limits on attendance.”
At Attleboro High School, graduations are typically held on the football field but moved indoors if it’s raining.
“We’re just going to hope for some good weather, but if not we’ll utilize some rain dates,” said Principal Bill Runey.
Both Bishop Feehan and Attleboro High School plan to limit capacity and spread guests out as much as possible on their football fields.
The schools are now focused on figuring out how to host other end-of-year events, like Prom and a Baccalaureate mass.
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