New Jersey state senator urges Murphy administration for guidance on planning school ceremonies
New Jersey state Sen. Kristin Corrado is urging the Murphy administration to release guidance to help schools plan for school graduation for the Class of 2021, whatever it will look like this year.
"For students who graduated high school last year and their parents, not having a graduation ceremony in June really hurt," says Corrado. "Our local school districts are eager to do better this year and give the Class of 2021 the graduation experience they deserve. We're asking the Department of Education to release the guidance that districts will need to follow as soon as possible so they can begin planning right away."
Most schools changed graduation last year, or didn't have one at all. Guidance wasn't provided by the New Jersey Department of Education until the end of May.
"Our graduating seniors have missed out on the last year and a half of their high school experience," says Corrado. "They shouldn't miss out on their graduation, too. There's a real hope that we'll have made enough progress in vaccinations by June that our high school seniors can get the sendoff they deserve. Hopefully the DOE acts quickly and isn't unnecessarily restrictive when they let us know how commencement ceremonies will be allowed to proceed."