Administrators defend decision capping attendance at Hillsboro High graduation

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:30 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Fri May 22, 2020.

Administrators in the Hillsboro School District defended their decision May 14 to restrict the number of people admitted to Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

High School Principal Terry Baesler told the Hillsboro School Board during an online meeting that only high school seniors and their parents will be allowed at graduation to ensure the safety of guests from COVID-19.

The decision wasn’t necessarily a popular one in some circles, he said.

“I am probably pleasing very few with the parents-only piece,” Baesler said. “But this is the safest we can make it.”

Baesler presented to school board members a 20-point proposal outlining how school officials plan to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Sunday’s 2 p.m. graduation.

In addition to limiting attendance to graduates and parents, the proposal requires attendees to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Prospective audience members older than age 65 – those considered vulnerable to catching the coronavirus – will be encouraged not to attend and seniors will be presented their diplomas by parents, Baesler said.

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