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SLPSS announces tentative graduation ceremonies for Class of 2020

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Posted at 4:02 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 17:02:23-04

OPELOUSAS, La. — The St. Landry Parish School System has tentatively rescheduled all high school graduations for seniors to take place on June 19 - 20.

According to a release from SLPSS, these dates are subject to change due to social distancing guidelines and the governor’s orders, and locations and times of graduations will be announced at a later date.

The decision to have traditional in-person ceremonies is contingent upon the orders of federal, state, and local governmental entities, the release states.

Although the dates have been tentatively scheduled, SLPSS says that it continues to plan for the possibility of a virtual graduation option and other creative methods to celebrate its seniors due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 safety precautions.

This is a very difficult situation with which we intend to handle with extreme sensitivity and consideration for the seniors of the graduating class of 2020, SLPSB states.

SLPSB Superintendent Patrick Jenkins also released the following statement:

We know that our seniors, their family, and friends were looking forward to the events that are the culmination of their academic, extra-curricular, and athletic high school experience: awards day, prom, yearbook signings, senior parties, and many more special moments that are cherished events for seniors and their families. The SLPSS Board Members and I share in their disappointment and sense of loss due to this health crisis. While we have never experienced what they are going through, we empathize and sympathize with each of them.

SLPSS says its schools remain committed to ensuring the safety of our students but want its seniors to know that they will do everything possible to hold in-person ceremonies.

In instances where students need their diploma prior to graduation for college admission or military service, SLPSS says they can contact their school administrator or guidance counselor for assistance.

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