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Huston Academy Graduation Information
Huston Academy Graduation Information
Mike Scott
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Huston Academy Class of 2020

Graduation Ceremony

When: Friday, June 19th at 8:00 PM (Gates open at 7:00 PM)

Where: Lem Brock Field

**If bad weather occurs, the ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 20th. Time will be announced as needed to plan around weather.

A Note to the Huston Academy Family

We know that this past few months has been a difficult time for everyone. Graduation has been a top priority for Huston Academy. These plans have been well thought out and thoroughly encompass the safety of our students, families, and faculty members.

After careful consideration of guidance from the Governor and from TEA, Huston Academy decided to transition from an indoor ceremony to a safer outdoor ceremony with limited attendees to honor our graduates.

Having a closed ceremony is not ideal, but we are required to follow guidelines provided by the Governor and TEA. We want to honor our seniors and allow them to celebrate with their closest family members. That is the most important decision point to us. But we also know the risk involved when holding any type of public ceremony. Strict guidelines are in place to protect our seniors, their family and friends, and our faculty and staff. We ask that all ticket holders honor these guidelines for the safety of all involved. At this time all Huston Academy staff members and and seniors will be wearing masks. We encourage all ticket holders to do the same. Regardless of how we feel about this practice, if it is the safest way to act and it helps to protect each other, we are obligated to do our part to stop the spread of the virus.

Please understand that plans can change and we hope that they will so that we can loosen some of these restrictions. We are currently monitoring the number of active cases in Erath County and will communicate any changes to this protocol as soon as they are known. We appreciate all of your support and understanding during these difficult times.

Tickets

Each graduate will receive 5 tickets, for family and friends. Tickets will be distributed the week of May 25 at a date and time to be communicated soon. Only ticket holders will be allowed entrance into the venue. The ceremony will be closed to the public.

Seating

Seats will be assigned by family groups. Families will only be allowed to sit together in their assigned row. Seats will be marked for social distancing purposes. Rows will be assigned by a random drawing conducted by Huston Academy administration.

Guests

Guests will be required to practice social distancing upon entering the venue, in the bleachers, and exiting the venue. While graduation is typically a time for hugs and high fives, we ask that all guests refrain from doing so. Please honor social distancing guidelines. Only seniors and faculty members will be allowed on the track and football field. Gathering for group photos will not be permitted. If you would like group photos, those must be taken somewhere other than Lem Brock Field. When entering and exiting the stadium, social distancing practices will be required. Hand sanitation stations will be available. We ask that all guests sanitize when entering the stadium. We understand that you may have just sanitized in the car, but we are assuming no one has sanitized.

Once the ceremony is over, we ask that everyone exit immediately using social distancing guidelines. Please bring bottled water as it will be an outdoor event in the Texas heat.

Masks

Masks will be provided for graduating seniors and highly encouraged for guests. All faculty members will wear masks. Handshakes will not be included in diploma portion of the ceremony.

Required Health Screening

Prior to attending or participating in the ceremony, students and attending family members will be screened (via questioning) by school system employees for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

·         Cough

·         Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·         Chills

·         Repeated shaking with chills or muscle pain

·         Headache

·         Sore throat

·         Loss of taste or smell

·         Diarrhea

·         Felling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature checks will be conducted at the gate.

·         Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19 if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days

If you are a ticket holder and have any of these symptoms, please make the safe choice.

Those found with any of these signs or symptoms must be excluded from the activity.

Video and Photographs

The ceremony will be live streamed on the Huston Academy Facebook page so the community can watch safely at home. Huston Academy will provide a videographer and photographer at the ceremony. Each senior will receive a DVD and a personalized photograph of the ceremony.

Questions and Concerns

Please contact Carol Taylor ctaylor@erath-excels.org or Mike Scott mscott@erath-excels.org with any questions or concerns.