Something unique… Elizabethton City Schools give approval for EHS virtual ceremony

Published 4:39 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Something entirely unique to a graduating class was approved by the Elizabethton City School Board on Tuesday evening as Elizabethton High School principal Jon Minton presented to the board a proposal for a virtual ceremony that will recognize graduating seniors in the 2020 class.
Minton along with his staff had been working to come up with something that seniors at Elizabethton High School could participate in since schools were closed in regards to returning to a classroom setting by Governor Bill Lee due to COVID-19.
The virtual ceremony came about with feedback of EHS seniors with some being met with and others being sent a survey to see what they would like to do as a senior class. Minton said there was a very good return on the surveys.
“We want to give our kids options that would work with the social distancing guidelines that must be followed to participate in some activities during their senior year,” stated Minton on Wednesday.
“We are going to have the students come at different times and be recorded and photographed at the school. Even if students don’t feel comfortable coming to the school we are going to send out instructions on how they can send photos and videos of themselves because we want every senior to be included in the virtual ceremony.”
Once the ceremony has been finalized, there will be a ticketed showing at the State Line Drive-In for students and parents on the evening of May 23rd, the date of the originally scheduled graduation for EHS.
Minton went on to add that the video will be available on the Elizabethton City School website possibly by May 25th for everyone to view that would like to.
The school also has set a tentative traditional graduation date of July 18 should the current COVID-19 regulations improve and allow the school to do so.
Minton wanted to remind seniors that didn’t pick up their senior orders from Jostens that the orders may be picked up at the school until 3 pm each day Monday through Friday.
In other Elizabethton City School business, plans are in the works for the city schools to provide a summer food program. More details will be released in the May meeting of the school board.
The Stem Lab at the high school is almost completed with the hold up being the shipment of two doors.

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