Berryville announces guidelines for July 17 graduation ceremony

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Berryville High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony will be held Friday, July 17 at Bobcat Stadium if the school’s plan is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. The school district has announced guidelines for graduates and attendees.

Every person will have to wear a mask except for children under 10, but it can be removed for pictures and diploma acceptance.

Each graduate will be limited to six guests inside the stadium and two guests in the Performing Arts Center for a live stream. The seniors will be given their tickets at graduation practice.

Graduates will pre-designate a spot for their families to sit, and show their families to their seats before lining up for the ceremony. There must be six feet between each family, and every other row will be empty.

Family members won’t be allowed on the football field or to congregate at the school before or after the ceremony.

People who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the previous 14 days or have shown any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or loss of taste or smell will not be allowed in.

People who are over 65 or have underlying health conditions are at the highest risk, so they are advised to not attend the ceremony.

“We are going to try to have things as normal as possible,” superintendent Owen Powell said. “We’re still about a month away, and Northwest Arkansas is kind of a hot spot right now, so we don’t know if the restrictions will be loosened up or tightened up in the next month.”

The guidelines currently allow for 66 percent capacity, so the stadium will be able to hold around 1,000 people, and the Performing Arts Center will hold around 300.

“We want to celebrate our seniors and give them the best we can under the circumstances,” Powell said.

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