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Graduation ceremonies in flux

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Central Bucks School District, like others across the state, is struggling to figure out how to recognize its 2020 graduating class in the midst of a public health crisis.

In a letter to families this week, the district’s superintendent, John Kopicki, said Central Bucks is trying to find a balance between having a “safe, memorable and respectful graduation ceremony” while continuing to practice social distancing.

“I cannot answer specific questions at this time, but we are looking for answers and possibilities to appropriately honor our 2020 senior class and we are actively researching these avenues,” Kopicki said, in the letter.

Graduation was originally set for June 12. It’s unclear if that date will change.

In a call with reporters Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said school districts must continue to follow the state’s social distancing guidelines, regardless of what type of graduation ceremony they hold.

“Whatever districts do, they better recognize that social distancing is going to be important,” Wolf said.

Kopicki said district officials will be discussing the graduation issue with Central Bucks’ three high school senior class councils and class advisors “to seek input on potential graduation ceremony ideas.”

He asked for families’ “patience and understanding,” as graduation plans continue to be explored.


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