People attending graduation this month at Central Valley and Hillsboro high schools won’t be required to wear masks – although attendees at MayPort-CG High School’s ceremonies will be asked to don face coverings, according to school officials.
Central Valley Superintendent Jeremy Brandt said the rural Buxton school will recommend that patrons wear masks to graduation at 2 p.m. Sunday if they’re not able to socially distance.
However, seniors and guests at this year’s ceremonies won’t be required to wear masks like members of the Class of 2020 were a year ago, he said.
“We’re planning for a normal, tradition graduation this year,” Brandt said.
Central Valley’s graduation was streamed online a year ago to keep crowds low at the event.
Brandt said Tuesday that school officials were exploring if they could stream this year’s ceremonies but hadn’t firmed up whether that was an option for Sunday.
Hillsboro Public Schools Superintendent Paula Suda said Hillsboro’s graduation May 30 won’t have limited seating and masks won’t be a necessity.
“If people want to wear masks they sure can but they will not be required,” Suda said.
“Our administrators have been vaccinated so we probably won’t wear masks, either.”
Ceremonies will be held inside the Hillsboro Events Center, which should allow space for families to spread out if they are worried about social distancing, she said.
School officials don’t plan to stream this year’s ceremonies, Suda said.
MayPort-CG Principal La Lynda Blotsky said masks will be required for parents and seniors at the school’s May 30 ceremonies at MPCG High School.
However, seniors receiving their diplomas will be able to leave their masks at their seats, she said.
Families will be asked to social distance but there will not be a cap on the number of attendees who can come to graduation like in 2020, Blotsky said.
School officials plan to stream the ceremonies on the district’s website (mayportcg.com) for anyone who isn’t comfortable attending graduation in person.
Like last year’s graduating class, MPCG seniors will parade through Portland and Mayville after the conclusion of the May 30 graduation ceremonies.
“That was something they started last year and the kids liked it so much we decided to keep it,” Blotsky said Thursday.
Gifts and cards intended for MPCG’s graduation seniors will be able to be dropped off inside the school May 30. Gifts were required to be given outside a year ago.