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Pueblo District 70 asking for feedback for 2020 graduation ceremonies

District 70
Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 19:10:21-04

PUEBLO — In a survey distributed to high school seniors, their parents and District 70 staff, Pueblo school District 70 is asking for feedback on the what the school district should do with the 2020 high school graduation.

D70 has compiled four different options on how the ceremony could take place amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

"High school graduations are part our Pueblo culture and so kids should be celebrated for the work that they have done these last 12 years," said Todd Sep, D70 Publich information officer. "Graduations are so important, especially this year, with so many unknowns."

The first option is a non-traditional graduation ceremony with scheduled access. This ceremony will could take place inside the school possibly in late May or early June, with each graduate, along with their immediate family given a specific time to receive diploma from HS and D70 Admin. This type of ceremony can occur with current State Of Colorado regulations.

The second option is a modified ceremony with no access to family and friends, only graduates. Only high school graduates will be permitted in the stadium, no guests will be allowed in the stands or near the stadium. The ceremony will be shortened and graduates will be spaced on the field according to social distancing requirements. The ceremony will be live-streamed for remote viewing. The ceremony could possibly occur as soon as Memorial Day weekend depending on regulations. This type of ceremony would be similar to the recent Air Force Graduation.

The third option is a modified Ceremony with limited access. The family of the graduate will be given a limited amount of tickets to attend the graduation. The ceremony will be shortened and graduates will be spaced on the field, according to social distancing requirements. Families in the stands will also be spaced 6 feet apart. Ceremony will be live-streamed on video. Ceremony could occur in late June.

And the fourth and final option is a traditional ceremony with all access. This would be a ceremony like year's past. The ceremony could be occur until large groups is allowed and social distancing requirements are lifted by the State of Colorado. This would mean graduation would not take place until late summer or even into the fall. December is even a possibility.

The survey will close on Monday, April 27th at 8 a.m.

Each school will make the specfic decision on their graduation based off of their results.