SAISD In-Person Graduations Canceled Due to COVID-19 SpikePress Release
SAN ANGELO, TX – San Angelo ISD has announced the cancellation of their in-person graduation that was scheduled to take place this week. The district had originally planned to host a celebration that would provide this year’s seniors with the opportunity to walk the stage and have a more traditional experience.
According to a press release the district discussed the upcoming events with local health officials and made the difficult decision to cancel the graduation.
“While it is with heavy hearts that we make this decision, it is necessary to help protect the health of our students and the multigenerational family members who are at an increased risk,” said SAISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Dethloff. “As the father of a graduating senior, this decision is one I don’t take lightly. Our seniors have endured hardship and struggle as their senior year has been stripped from them by a global pandemic. We also know that through perseverance and resilience, their hopes and dreams will be realized.”
In a press conference on Monday, Gov Abbott emphasized that “COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas and must be corralled.” Last week alone Tom Green County reported 90 new positive cases in just seven days.
Texans continue to be encouraged to follow safety protocols given by the Governor’s team of medical experts such as staying at home if you are sick or at risk, sanitizing your hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings or masks.
“One of our goals in San Angelo ISD is to sustain a safe and secure environment. We want to do our part to keep the people of San Angelo healthy, out of the hospital, and reduce future business closures that could significantly impact our community,” said the district in the release. “For this reason, it was determined that holding an in-person ceremony, even with added health and safety precautions and social distancing, would not be in the best interest of our students, families, staff, and the general public.”
“We thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we ensure all members of the San Angelo community stay safe and healthy.”
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