"The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) disseminated their recommendations and guidelines on May 11, 2020. While they recommend that mass gatherings such as graduations not be held at this time, they did suggest postponing, canceling, or holding virtually," Casteel wrote. "The virtual ceremony that is being prepared will be our official graduation. Based on the ADHS recommendations, we have decided to postpone an opportunity for a voluntary in-person graduation until later in June."
Casteel said prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff remains the district's top priority.
"Following numerous meetings with high school principals and district staff, measuring stadium seating, determining feasibility of implementing the recommended guidelines, we are planning to postpone the voluntary in-person ceremony until June 24th for Hamilton and Perry High Schools and June 25th for ACP-Erie, Basha, Chandler, and Casteel High Schools," Casteel said. "The ceremony will be modified to include social distancing for graduates, their names will be read, and photographs taken as they walk across the stage, etc. It is important to note our large high schools cannot accommodate the required 6 feet between guests that is currently required by CDC and ADHS."
The district is soliciting input so plans can be finalized. Officials ask that this survey be completed by May 18.