CCBOE prepares for in-person graduations, limits attendance

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CULLMAN, Ala. – After announcing recently that in-person graduations will take place May 22-23 (www.cullmantribune.com/2020/05/08/cullman-county-schools-sets-in-person-graduation-dates) the Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) is determining how those events can be as safe as possible. The first announced step is limitation of the number of guests each graduate can bring.
 
On Wednesday, CCBOE Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette notified families:
 
“We are so excited about getting to host our graduation ceremonies for our seniors during this unprecedented pandemic. Just a couple of weeks ago it looked as though we were not going to be able to host these face-to-face.
 
“We had hoped not to have to limit the number of guests that attend these ceremonies but as we have been planning it has become evident that we must limit our guest to 10 family members per graduate. This is so we can meet the state health regulations. Furthermore, I want to encourage anyone that may be in the ‘at-risk’ category for contracting the virus to please watch the ceremonies through live streaming on Facebook and to not attend the ceremony.
 
“Please know that by entering the graduation ceremonies everyone is agreeing to abide by the restrictions that must be put in place. Some components of these graduations will be different than usual but at least we are getting to have a face-to-face graduation for our seniors and their families.”
 
​The CCBOE will announce more instructions over the next few days.
 
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W.C. Mann

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