Plans for Cheshire High School's graduation ceremony have changed once again.
On Friday afternoon, Aug. 7, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan released a statement explaining that, while the ceremony is still planned for Sunday, Aug. 9, additional precautions will be required meaning further alterations to the schedule at format. Chesprocott Health District had informed Solan's office of individuals from the community who had recently tested positive for COVID-19. Those individuals, Solan wrote, could "impact our ceremony."
As such, the District has decided to return to a drive-in ceremony at the high school beginning at 5 p.m. Students with last names beginning A-Fer should arrive at Bartlem Park at 4:45 p.m.: students with last names Fi-Moll at 5:30 p.m.; students with last names Mon-Sod at 6p.m.; and students with last names Sok-Z at 6:30 p.m.
"Students will exit the vehicle, pick up their diploma from the table, have their picture taken, and return to their vehicle," according to a release provided by the District. "All vehicles will exit via Elmwood Drive and turn right to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. All planned speeches will be recorded and sent to families after the ceremony along with candid photographs of the event."
Solan stated that Chesprocott is in touch with those who tested positive and is conducting contract tracing to determine with whom they may have interacted.
"They will notify you if they have reason to believe that you may have come into contact with a positive testing person," he wrote, in the release.
The latest change comes as the District has scrambled to try and get the long-delayed graduation off the ground. After cancelling the traditional June ceremony because of the pandemic, it was determined that an event would be held at the Farmington Polo Club on Aug. 2. However, threats of thunderstorms forced the ceremony to be postponed.
The original rain date of Aug. 4 was changed to Aug. 6 due to Tropical Storm Isaias, but the District had to rearrange the schedule once again after the storm left much of the state without power.
"To say that this graduation has been a rollercoaster for our students, families, and staff may be one of the all time understatements," wrote Solan. "While the situation has not played out anyone envisioned it, I truly appreciate the flexibility and resilience shown by everyone."
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