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Class of 2020 last Friday evening with 2020 featured everywhere from the scoreboard to the time that the event lasted, 20 minutes and 20 seconds. The community was encouraged to attend and recognize the senior class from their vehicles surrounding the football field.

The questions of “are we returning to school” and “will there be graduation” have been answered by Shelby Public School officials after the School Board met last Tuesday evening to discuss these matters.

“We will continue with distance learning for the remainder of the school year, through June 4,” said Shelby Superintendent Elliott Crump. “Graduation was approved for the football field; however, a number of questions still need to be addressed and the situation could change pending movement to Phase II or a move back to shelter-in-place. We are working on the assumption that we will still be in Phase I by Sunday, May 24.”

SHS seniors and staff met on Monday, May 11, to figure out some important details, including how many people will be allowed per person, how will diplomas be handed out, who and how the ceremony will be streamed and others. The suggestions received on Monday were going before the School Board on Tuesday, May 12, for approval.

As of press time those answers were unavailable but information regarding the May 24 commencement exercise will be in next week’s edition of the paper.

North Toole County High School seniors will also be graduating on Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m. The ceremony will take place on the football field with only direct family allowed, no crowd or visitors will be allowed in the stands or on the field.

“The school has purchased an FM frequency band that will telecast the graduation through this frequency so that visitors, family and friends can watch from their cars and tune in to the car stereos,” said Sunburst teacher Jeff Nix.

With Phase I restrictions in place and no guarantees of what the future might bring these ceremony plans are the best options for all. While graduation at SHS and NTCHS will be drastically different than in years past, one thing remains the same. The residents of Toole County are proud of the Class of 2020 and look forward to recognizing and celebrating this fantastic milestone with them, however possible. Congratulations to all the graduates of 2020!

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