Birmingham City Schools will host in-person graduation ceremonies

Birmingham City Schools will host in-person graduation ceremonies
About 100 people a day are being tested for coronavirus at Legion Field. It’s one of several testing sites in Jefferson County. Health officials say you don't have to have symptoms to get a drive-thru test that takes about five minutes. (Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Officials with Birmingham City Schools announced Friday evening that in-person graduation ceremonies will be held the first week of June at Legion Field.

This new plan is a change from the previously released plan to hold a ‘red carpet drive-through’ ceremony.

The decision was made in light of Governor Kay Ivey’s amended Safer-at-Home order released last Thursday. A committee met Friday to determine if a traditional graduation for the 2020 senior class could take place.

Officials say high school principals and student representatives were supportive of the change. The system also says Mayor Randall Woodfin is supportive of the idea.

Social distancing will be practiced. Plans will allow each graduate to have 5 guests in attendance. Families will sit 6 feet apart, but families of the same household can sit together. All in attendance will be required to wear a face mask and sanitation will take place during and after each ceremony.

The schedule for commencement is below:

June 2 - 10 a.m. - Wenonah

June 2 - 6 p.m. - Woodlawn

June 3 - 10 a.m. - Jackson-Olin

June 3 - 6 p.m. - Huffman

June 4 - 10 a.m. - Carver

June 4 - 6 p.m. - Parker

June 5 - 10 a.m. - Ramsay

“Birmingham City Schools puts the safety and security of our students at the forefront. In light of the guidelines released by the Governor and with input from city officials and county health officials, we decided to revamp our graduation plan. It is our sincere desire to provide the graduating class of 2020 with a safe and traditional celebration to honor their achievements. We also must remain cautious and enforce strict social distance guidelines to ensure protection of our scholars and their families,” said Dr. Mark A. Sullivan, Interim Superintendent for Birmingham City Schools.

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