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School district exploring graduation options

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

The School District of Lee COunty is considering a pair of graduation options: a virtual ceremony or a postponement of the formal pomp and circumstance celebration until, perhaps, July.

The brief announcement was made during Tuesday’s School Board virtual meeting.

In board comments Board member Chris Patricca asked Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins if they could take the word “cancellation” off the table when talking about high school graduation, further commenting that “cancellation is not an option in Lee County.”

Adkins said that they are looking at two different options and a possible combination of the two. Those options are a virtual graduation, and a postponement until July

“One is virtual graduation that will give recognition to each and every one of our students virtually,” he said during his superintendent comments. “But we are also pursing a graduation postponement that will occur at this point possibly sometime in July with social distancing.”

Adkins said they still have to secure a venue, which might resemble an old high school graduation in a football stadium.

“We are pursuing both of those options right now as we kind of wait and see how this unfolds as we move into May and into June,” Adkins said of the coronavirus pandemic which has closed schools for the remainder of the school year. “Staff are continuing to watch that and we will continue to keep you posted on our high school graduation.”

Course work at all grade levels continues via online classes.