High school graduation plans taking shape
High school graduations for Snohomish and Monroe are tentatively shaping up to be in-person ceremonies.
Last year, drive-thru commencements were the safest route schools could offer. This year, outdoor venues are hosting the events.
The Everett School District is not yet ready to announce graduation plans, its communications office said.
Both Snohomish High and Glacier Peak High’s graduations will be in-person as separate ceremonies to be held Tuesday, June 15 at Evergreen Speedway.
AIM High School grads will celebrate in-person on Thursday, June 10 at Veterans Memorial Stadium at the Snohomish High campus.
The number of guests will be limited; the district is still determining how many. The starting times for the ceremonies are also still being decided.
Each ceremony will be simultaneously live video-streamed over the Internet.
All other senior events are undecided as of last week. “We’re evaluating all events under the Governor’s guidance,” school district spokeswoman Kristin Foley said.
Snohomish High and Glacier Peak each will graduate around 350 to 400 students.
Monroe High School’s graduation is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 11 at Evergreen Speedway. Each graduate can bring up to four guests, who will sit in assigned seats. The event will also be video-streamed live.
Monroe High’s 408 graduates were polled to choose between a drive-thru or traditional walk-up ceremony; they elected to walk.
There will not be prom or senior parties, graduation organizers said in a parent meeting April 21. A senior honors event will be June 3.
What if we go to Phase 2?
The latest state Department of Health (DOH) guidelines say outdoor graduations can still be held even if Snohomish County drops to Phase 2 of the state’s coronavirus restriction map.
“School graduation ceremonies may utilize Phase 3 Spectator Events guidance in Phase 2, if they operate under an event health and safety plan,” a bulletpoint in an April 19 DOH document says.
Spectator venues can hold up to 25 percent of their capacity; for Evergreen Speedway, that caps it to about 3,125 people.
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