The Neshaminy School District is planning for an in-person graduation ceremony August 1, but still has plans for this Saturday.
Neshaminy School Board President Stephen Pirritano sent out a letter in late May stating students “deserve” an in-person graduation ceremony. Now, plans are in motion.
In the meantime, the school district will host a series of events this Saturday, June 27, for seniors only.
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., students will make their way to Neshaminy High School in a Senior Car Processional. Any seniors interested in participating should gather at Maple Point Middle School at 9:15 a.m.
They can decorate their vehicles, but should have no more than four students per car.
When seniors arrive at the NHS campus, there will be a picnic waiting for them. This begins at 11 a.m. and is also open to any seniors not interested in participating in the procession.
Graduates will be able to pick up their diplomas, enjoy lunch, and do yearbook signings. the event ends at 1 p.m.
Dr. Rob McGee, who will be the school district’s superintendent effective July 1, sent out a letter with guidelines. He stated the school district coordinated with Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker to develop these rules.
“While individually, you may not agree with some of the below conditions as set, collectively, they represent the conditions required to have our gatherings, as determined by the health professionals, to ensure maximum safety of all involved, short of no gathering at all,” said McGee. “So, I respectfully ask that we all put our differences aside for a few hours so our Seniors can have a get-together.”
Seniors must self-divide into two groups, red and blue. Each group will have a different parking area, and they will not physically interact.
Students should bring masks and wear them during the entire picnic. They should also try to remain six feet apart, especially while eating lunch. Food will be “pre-wrapped, individual grab-and-go items.”
Later Saturday night there will be a Salute to Seniors. The pre-show begins at 6:30 with the main event at 7. It includes graduation speeches and a roll call of each graduating senior.
Any seniors experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend these events. These include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting