GRADUATION GUIDE: What you need to know about attending Cy-Fair ISD ceremonies

Cypress Creek High School's class of 2019 celebrates graduating at the Berry Center in May 2019. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cypress Creek High School's class of 2019 celebrates graduating at the Berry Center in May 2019. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cypress Creek High School's class of 2019 celebrates graduating at the Berry Center in May 2019. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cy-Fair ISD high school principals this week released protocols for upcoming graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 1-6. Officials announced May 6 ceremonies will be held outdoors at the Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress.

The district will follow social distancing practices and other guidelines in alignment with recommendations from Gov. Greg Abbott as well as the Texas Education Agency, officials said.

Ticketing

Each graduate will be allowed four guests with tickets being issued through an online ticketing company. Seats will be reserved in groups of four on every other row with 6 feet between each group.

Tickets will be scanned upon entry, and all attendees must have a ticket. Entrance and parking guidelines will be determined based on the location of reserved seats.


What to bring

All guests must follow the district’s clear-bag policy, but officials said not bringing a bag would speed up the entry process. Small umbrellas will be permitted. Graduates are encouraged to wear flat shoes on the turf field.

Health screenings

Employees, graduates and guests will be subject to a health screening before entering the stadium. Each attendee will be questioned about whether they have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than 100 degrees, or known close contact to a person who has had COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Other safety precautions

Graduates and employees will be provided with a mask to wear throughout the event, although graduates may remove their mask for the professional photo. Guests are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings.

Principals will not be shaking graduates’ hands or distributing diploma covers. Each graduate will pick up their own diploma cover as their name is called.

Hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the venue, and the stadium will be disinfected between ceremonies.

Guests will be dismissed by section and immediately leave the stadium following the ceremony.

Livestreams will be available for each ceremony at www.cfisd.net.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.